Lower Air Conditioning Costs by Operating Your System Properly

Lower Air Conditioning Costs by Operating Your System Properly

The cost of keeping your home cool during the summer can be one of your greatest expenses as a homeowner. However, with a few simple tips, it’s quite possible for you to lower your air conditioning costs. These tips range from how you use your air conditioning unit to how you maintain one.

Keeping it clean

If you allow dust and debris to collect in your system, it will eventually cause it to operate inefficiently or even break down entirely. There are a number of steps you can take to prevent this.

  • Filters — You should change or clean the filters in your system every one or two months.
  • Coils — If you have dust or dirt on your compressor coils, it will make them less efficient, so schedule regular maintenance.

Thermostat

The way you operate your system’s thermostat can help lower air conditioning costs.

  • Cut back — You will not notice a great difference in comfort between the setting of 72 degrees and 78 degrees on your thermostat, but you will notice a big difference on your energy bill.
  • Installing smart thermostats — Using programmable smart thermostats lets homeowners have custom schedules for their air conditioning unit. They can do things like having it cool the home just before they get home.

Ducts

One way to lower air conditioning costs is to make sure that your ductworks are working properly.

  • Leaking ducts — Examine your ductwork for leaks and use mastic tape to seal any that you find.
  • Ductwork insulation — Any ductwork that travels through unconditioned areas like the attic should be insulated.

Lower air conditioning costs are easy to achieve with these tips. If you have any further questions on this subject, please don’t hesitate to contact Roth Heating & Cooling. We have proudly served the Portland area for more than three decades, and our experienced team of trained professionals will be happy to help you.

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