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Cutting Energy Costs: Efficient Air Conditioner Habits

It’s been hot outside and you know the air conditioner running constantly is going to rack up a big electric bill, but what else can you do? The whole reason we have central air installed is to live more comfortably. What can you do to save a little and cut those high energy bills?

There are many options available. In fact, you can start to save money by taking the time now to get the most out of your energy dollar by using effective equipment as well as common sense. Air conditioners are quite necessary in some areas but they can be affordable if you take the time to save some money down the line.

First, take the time to find out how efficient your air conditioner is. Have a professional technician from Pickerington Heating & Cooling come out and check your system for leaks, excessive energy use, age and efficiency. Are there options you can consider that would help fix these problems? Maintenance may cost a little now, but could result in savings right away. Or, perhaps it’s time to replace that aging system. Investing money in a new high-efficiency air conditioner now will help save you thousands of dollars over the next few years — well worth the cost.

Next, reduce the electric bill by lowering the frequency and length for the air conditioner to run. Every degree that you can increase the temperature on your thermostat will help you save money. Find the warmest setting that your family is comfortable with; even better, a programmable thermostat can raise and lower the temperature depending on whether someone is home. There’s no need to have your house chilling like a refrigerator if there’s nobody home. You can also ensure efficient energy usage by making sure that your windows have a tight fit and remain closed. If you really want to save extra dollars, spend some time in basement areas each day so that the air conditioner doesn’t need to work so hard. Keep doors and windows tightly closed and avoid constant in and out traffic.

These are only a few ways to save money on your air conditioner. You know you are going to have to use it in warmer summer months, but keeping it set at a higher temperature and allowing it to work only when needed can help you save money. Don’t forget to adjust your thermostat for overnight hours when the temperatures outside fall, again, a programmable thermostat will accomplish this. A little higher and youíll be saving money on your air conditioners.

If you system is a little older, consider having a new system installed. Contact Pickerington Heating & Cooling to schedule an appointment and receive a quote and evaluation of your current system. Our expert technicians will give you a competitive price and may save you money long-term. Check our savings page to see if one of our current specials will save you a few extra dollars.