Be mindful of your summer cooling costs

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Awww summer time!

Chances are you’re running the air conditioner around the clock just to stay comfortable, and if the cost of cooling off in the middle of summer has you sweating, we have you covered.

Besides keeping the a/c at 78 degrees Fahrenheit, here are three tips to keep cooling costs low.

Number one: change the filters.

This is likely the easiest air conditioning maintenance you can do, and yet it’s not done often enough.

Number two: clean the coils on the outside unit.

This is especially important if you don’t use a cover, because dirt, mud and debris can clog up the unit and make it work sluggishly. Also, make sure the concrete slab is level, if it’s not, the unit will work harder to keep your house cool.

And number three: check the ductwork for leaks.

Sealing leaky ducts can lead to major savings on cooling and heating. Experts say look for disconnected joints, separated pieces and small holes in the ductwork. You can seal them yourself or hire a professional.

Stay cool!

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