The checklist you need to save on AC.

Use the helpful checklist below to tick off as many items as you can to help you save on air conditioning and energy costs during the summer months.

☑ Replacing older AC systems with newer, energy-efficient models is the best and smartest thing to do to save on AC costs. But, make sure to get the right system and have it installed correctly to reach its full potential of energy savings. Improper installation can reduce a system’s efficiency by up to 30%! This doesn’t just make utility bills higher, it can also reduce the life of the AC system.

Bigger isn’t always better – AC systems that are too large do not keep your home cooler because they cycle “on/off” more frequently, put stress on system components and shorten the lifespan of the system.

Take advantage of special offers for AC systems – Most major AC providers have special offers and there are often federal or state tax savings to help make these offers even better for you.

Change filters regularly – Check filters monthly. If they look dirty, change them. If not monthly, at least change filters every 3 months to improve efficiency and air quailty.1

Get an annual tune-up – Taking care of problems BEFORE they happen by scheduling an off-season tune-up is one of the smartest things you can do. Do it in the Spring before you need to turn on the AC.

Install a programmable thermostat – Just doing this can help you save up to $180 in energy costs and reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

Clear areas around systems or units – Remove leaves and other debris from around system components to improve air flow.1

Seal ducts properly – Leaky ducts can account for more than 20% of the air moving through the system getting into spaces you do not want cooled.1

Improve air flow – If air flow in your AC system is too high or too low, it may lead to higher utility bills.1

Install ceiling fans – Fans help cool your home by pulling cool air through the house and exhausting warm air through the attic.2

From tune-ups to special offers for new AC systems and much more, your
Carpenter & Smith team can handle all of your home cooling needs to help you save during the Summer. Contact us today to find out how we can help you!

1 www.energystar.gov. ENERGY STAR is a program run by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy
2 U.S. Department of Energy, www.energy.gov