10 tips to save money on your air conditioning costs

10 tips to save money on your air conditioning costs
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There are several ways to reduce energy bills, save money and avoid costly repairs when it comes to your air conditioning system. Here are 10 suggestions to help you reduce your spring and summer cooling costs. 

1. Schedule your air conditioning system to be serviced.

This will ensure you are running at peak efficiency. Hire a certified and trained company with qualified service technicians to help you get your air conditioning system ready for the hot summer months. 

When your cooling system does not have to work extra hard, it will save you money. The best time to have your air conditioner serviced is before the hot temperatures become extreme. Contact a licensed and insured HVAC contractor.

2. Install a programmable thermostat to help reduce energy costs. 

Set your thermostat for your family’s home comfort level when you are home and decrease temperatures when you away. If you don’t have a programmable thermostat, raise the thermostat level in your home by several degree’s while you are away to cut energy consumption. New advances in technology offer Wi-Fi capable thermostats for additional cost savings.

3. Change the air filters for your HVAC system regularly. 

A dirty air filter can increase energy consumption and damage your equipment, leading to poor performance or early failure. Make sure your air filter is the sized properly for your system. 

4. Utilize your window shades and coverings.

Keep the shades and window coverings closed to reduce radiant heat from the sun. 

5. Consider sealing your cooling ducts in the attic. 

Sealing your ductwork can improve airflow and increase the efficiency of your HVAC system by as much as 20 percent. HVAC contractors can test your ductwork for airflow leakage and seal the ductwork if needed. 

6. Turn off electronic appliances when not in use. 

Use the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer in the evening and in “off” peak energy hours.

7. Plant a tree.

Planting trees or shrubs to shade the southern facing windows of your home can provide natural and environmentally friendly energy savings.

8. Create airflow.

Keep the ducts and vents in the house open to assure good airflow throughout your home.

9. Seal the leaks.

Check the weather stripping around the windows, doors and attic. Seal any areas where air may be leaking.

10. Update your system, if necessary.

If you have older cooling equipment, (10 years or older), you might consider replacing it with a new high efficiency cooling system. If your system is not keeping your home comfortable, contact a licensed and professional HVAC contractor to find out what new options are available. 

Summer weather can be extreme and last for weeks or months. Upgrading your home cooling equipment is a great way to cut your annual energy bills. In the summer months there are often great factory rebates and financing options available. 

About this Angie’s List Expert: Karen Rawls represents Purl’s Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning, providing air conditioning services in Madera, Calif. Since 1952, Purl’s has specialized in HVAC systems, heating equipment, sheet metal, rain gutters, duct cleaning and more. You can follow this #ALExperts contributor on Twitter @PurlsSheetMetal.

As of March 10, 2014, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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