It’s finally spring in Douglasville and throughout West Georgia. That means summer will soon follow. But before it warms up too much, read these money saving tips. Addison Smith Heating, Cooling & Plumbing wants to make sure you don’t get stuck with high bills and a broken down air conditioner in your home this year.

Tune Up Your AC Unit

Regular maintenance to your home’s air conditioner can keep it running more efficiently, and a more efficient system will save you some cash. Your AC system can lose up to five percent efficiency every year it goes without a tune-up. An AC tune-up is a great investment now, before your system breaks down.

A picture of a programmable thermostat

Keep the Air Conditioner Running, Even When You’re Not Home

Many people think turning your air conditioner off during the day will save you money, but that’s an old wives tale. It will actually cost you more, because your air conditioner uses a lot more energy to drastically lower the temperature of your home, than it would do continue keeping your home at a steady temperature.

For more spring chores you might not have thought of, read this article, Make Sure your Home Is Ready to Spring into Spring.

Use Your Thermostat to Save More

Adjusting your thermostat is a great alternative to turning your AC system off altogether. Instead, turn up your thermostat 7 to 10 degrees when you’re not home. Another great way to save is to keep your air conditioner somewhere between 75 and 78 degrees at all times. All this can save you up to 10 percent on your annual heating and cooling bills.

Supplement Your Home’s AC Unit

Don’t rely too heavily on your home’s air conditioner. There are other ways to keep cool. Try using your ceiling fans to supplement your AC system. Adjust your ceiling fans to spin counter clockwise, so it makes a downdraft of cool air. This little trick can make a room feel up to eight degrees cooler! Here’s another great way to keep your home cool for less; draw the blinds before you leave the house. Keeping your blinds drawn during the hottest part of the day (between 12-4 p.m.) will prevent the sun’s rays from sneaking into your home and warming it up.

 

For air conditioning maintenance, call Addison Smith Heating & Cooling at 770—832-9006.