Getting the most out of your air conditioner in the summer months is essential. While you are going to want to make sure that it is up and running correctly, it’s equally important to ensure your air conditioner is saving you the most it can on your energy bill.

These few tips will help ensure your air conditioner keeps money in your pocket this summer season.

  1. Check the Filter

Just like with your car engine or with just about any working HVAC or appliance in your home, you’ll want to first check your air filter. It’s very likely you haven’t changed it or even looked at it since you ran the air conditioner last summer. With that in mind, over those long months, the old filter has gathered quite a bit of dust and gunk to it which will leave it smelling bad but also run inefficiently.

Be sure to take some time to clean or replace the filter once the weather warms up. It’s also a good rule of thumb to replace the filter once a month while the air conditioner is in use. This will not only keep the air quality much better but will also help the air conditioner run much more efficiently and help shave some savings.

If you’re not sure how to change the filter or would rather not take the chance of messing it up, contacting a local HVAC company such as BMC Clower can help make the process smooth and simple. Not only do HVAC companies have licensed technicians but they are also experienced in ensuring your equipment is working adequately. If they see an issue with another part of your air conditioner during their filter change appointment, they’ll notify you so you can make the best decision on steps moving forward.

  1. Install a programmable thermostat

It’s hard to think you might not have done this already, but in the off chance you haven’t, be sure to install a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to program specific temperatures for your home while you are present and absent from the home.

When you’re not at home it’s a good rule of thumb to have the thermostat set to a warmer temperature to keep the air conditioner from “running” all day long. You can also set the thermostat to be at cooler temperatures during the times you are home. Having specific temperatures set throughout the day will help add to your savings and efficiency.

  1. Clean, clean, clean

You’re going to want to clean many parts of the air conditioner before you get it up and running. After sitting idle all winter long without a cover, it is likely your air conditioner has accrued quite a bit of dust and debris.

Be sure to clean the coils and fins on the outside of your unit. You’ll also want to clean out the condensation lines in the unit. This pipe can become clogged and will likely result in more spending in repair bills from a local technician. Clean away any plants that are located close to your unit as well. Plants can interfere with the air conditioner and cause it to run less efficiently.