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The outdoor condensing unit needs to have good airflow to operate efficiently. Cut back any bushes and clear any plants around the unit.  

8 inches is a minimum requirement with a desired clearance of 3 feet on 3 sides.

Tip 7 - Clear Around Outdoor Unit

The number one thing we see that affects the efficiency of an air conditioning system is dirty or clogged filters. The best way to check a disposable filter is to hold it up to a light source. If you can see a good amount of light coming through then the filter is still useable. If the majority of the light is blocked, then replace the filter. Start by holding a new filter up to a light a see how much or little light passes through.

In the summer, filters should be checked once a month, and replaced when needed.

Tip 6 - Check and Change Air Filters

If you use your air conditioning on a daily basis you should have the system checked by a professional at least once a year. Maintaining correct refrigerant gas levels is vital to the efficiency of the system. If gas starts to leak, the AC unit has to work a lot harder to maintain the set temperature. Eventually the gas level will be too low to achieve cooling.

Tip 5 - Regular Professional Maintenance

Using a ceiling or floor fan in any occupied room is a low cost option compared to lowering the temperature in the home. Fans help distribute the cool air your AC produces evenly and creates a wind-chill effect against your skin, making it feel anywhere from four degrees to six degrees cooler than the actual room temperature.

While fans do use electricity, they use considerably less than your AC unit. Utilizing fans can help you resist the urge to turn down your thermostat’s temperature, which will save you money. Just remember to turn off the fan before leaving the room since it doesn’t actually cool the air.

Tip 4 - Use Fans

www.todayshomeowner.com has a great 1:38 minute video demonstrating how to replace weater stripping around doors.

www.houselogic.com has a nice article that covers all types of weather stripping you may find around your home.

Leaky air ducts can be a big problem.  Look in your attic and basement for exposed ductwork and seal any gaps or holes with tape.


During the summer the last thing you want is direct sunlight streaming into your home. Block the sun’s rays and reduce the amount of radiant heat that enters your home by installing blinds or drapes.

Tip 3 - Use Blinds

In the typical home, air leaks are responsible for around 10% of the energy used for cooling. Take time to inspect the insulation around your windows and doors. Start by looking for gaps around doors that let light in during the day or out at night.  

New weather stripping can be installed for as little as $6 per window or door. Replacing weather stripping is something that most home owners can easily do.

Tip 2 - Stop Air Leaks

Do you raise the temperature setting on your thermostat when you go to bed or leave the house?  

Raising the temperature just 3 degrees for a portion of the day can have a big impact on your cooling bills.  

We recommend a programmable thermostat as an automatic, cost effective way to vary the temperature setting through the day.  

Tip 1 - Use Your Thermostat

When we visit a customer's homes for spring season checks we often find simple things that every homeowner can do to reduce their summer cooling bills. The following is a list of the most common.

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