If you’re looking to save money on your air conditioning operating costs, and avoid the potential of higher-priced AC repair bills in the future, the best piece of advice we can give you is to maintain your current air conditioner as best you can — and that means having a reputable air condition service inspect your system at least once a year.
An AC repair shop or AC service professional can extend the life of your cooling system by years just by performing routine maintenance procedures — and, what’s more, a system that’s operating more efficiently will cost less to run, cooling the same area the same amount with less energy. Regular checks, adjustments, and calibration of cooling systems can prevent almost three-fourths of all air conditioning outages; keeping your AC service current ensures you’re operating at optimal performance every time your thermostat calls for cool air.
Speaking of thermostats, the US Department of Energy estimates homeowners can save as much as 25% off their cooling costs simply by installing a programmable thermostat. In addition to regular air condition service, adding a “smart” thermostat — or even installing a system that identifies different “zones” in your home to prioritize which rooms to keep cool — can save a bundle.
A few other ideas for our customers to stay cooler for less:
• Before you leave the house in the morning, close the curtains on your south-facing windows.
• Next time you replace those curtains and blinds, consider lighter colors, even white, to reflect more heat.
• As they burn out, replace your old incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or LEDs, which put out a tiny fraction of the heat of your old bulbs — and cost far less to operate.