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The Complete Homeowner’s Guide on How to Lower Your Summer AC Bills

July 6th, 2013

Want to stay cool this summer without having to worry about high energy bills? We’ve got you covered.

Here are three excellent tips from our AC professionals that are sure to help you keep your air conditioning costs under control.

1) Set your thermostat like a pro

The mighty thermostat–so small and yet the savings it can bring you are so enormous. How you set it in the summer (and really, year-round) has a large impact on your electric bills. So much so that people often install programmable thermostats and save up to $180 a year in energy costs.

Learn how you should set your thermostat in our article: How Should I Set My Thermostat? 6 Money-Saving Tips.

2) Seal up those leaky air ducts

Imagine you’re drinking a cup of water and there’s a hole near the lip. Water wasted (and you’re probably upset, too).

That’s what it’s like when you have leaks in your air ducts. You turn on your air conditioner, but the air doesn’t go where it needs to, wasting it. This causes your air conditioner to work longer and harder to cool your home, increasing your electric bills as a result.

Learn if your home has air duct leaks in our article: Energy Star: 20% of The Money You Pay to Cool Your Home is Wasted.

3) Get an annual tune-up

We know this sounds self-serving, but we’re not the only ones who think that air conditioner maintenance is important to lowering your electric bills.

Energy Star, a voluntary program that helps people save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency notes that, “Just as a tune-up for your car can improve your gas mileage, a yearly tune-up of your heating and cooling system can improve efficiency and comfort.”

Learn more about the importance of annual tune-ups in our article: The Number One Reason You Need an A/C Tune-Up Every Summer.

If you haven’t had an annual tune-up yet and you live in the Northern California area, contact Service Champions North online.

Bonus: 3 Awesome Online Resources

What’s a complete guide without resources you can use to learn more?

Check out the article: 3 Online Resources You Can Use to Reduce Your Energy Costs

The title speaks for itself.

Service Champions provides heating, air conditioning and air quality services to Northern California, including the East Bay, San Jose and Sacramento areas.

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