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How Can You Lower Your AC Costs?

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The hotter it gets outside, the pricier your energy costs are. But when your air conditioning bills get out of control and you want to save money (and energy too), you have options.

Spending too much on your AC costs doesn't have to be the norm. With a few easy steps you can make your home and AC system more energy efficient. What can you do to cut your air conditioning costs now and in the long run? Take a look at how you can boost your air conditioner's energy efficiency and decrease what you're spending to keep your home cool.

Regular Maintenance

Your AC system seems like it's working. It kicks on when you turn down the thermostat and your home feels cold. But when was the last time you had it checked?
If you don't have your air conditioner regularly serviced, you may end up spending more just to run it. Regular maintenance helps to make sure that your AC system is working properly.
If there are problems, the technician can fix them before they become major issues. This maintenance helps the system to work more efficiently and gives you a heads-up when it comes to repairs. You may save money by catching small issues before they grow into problems that require replacement of parts or the entire air conditioner.
Along with making sure that everything is running correctly, regular maintenance keeps your AC system clean. Clogged filters, debris-filled ducts and other obstruction issues can force your air conditioner to work harder than it has to. When your AC system isn't clean, it requires more energy to force the air through it. But when it's properly cleaned by a professional, your air conditioner needs to do less work. This helps it to run efficiently, costing you less money over time.

System Upgrade

How old is your air conditioner? Older systems aren't as energy efficient as new ones, of course. But what exactly does that mean? The seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) tells you how energy efficient an air conditioner is. Older, low-efficiency AC systems typically have a rating of 6 or under, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient your AC is likely to be.
A new, energy-efficient air conditioner (an ENERGY STAR qualified system) will typically be around 15 percent more efficient than your average AC unit. Upgrading to an energy-efficient air conditioner will bring you cost savings benefits right now and in the future.

Insulation Issues

You may think of home insulation when it comes to heating in the winter. While a well-insulated house can certainly keep the warm air in, it can also do the same for your AC system.
Drafty windows, unairconditioned crawl spaces and basements, and gaps under the doors can all cost you when it comes to you air conditioning bill. Start by evaluating where you're losing cold air or gaining warmth. If you can feel a breeze coming in through your windows or feel the warm air under your front door, you're losing money.
Fill any gaps in window frames or under doors. You can caulk gaps that are one-quarter of an inch or smaller around your windows. Along with this, weather stripping can also help to seal problem areas.
You can help to seal under the door gaps by changing the height of the threshold. If you're looking for a low-cost way to stop the warm air from coming (and keep the cold air from going out), a rolled towel in front of the inside of your entry door will work too.

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