A/C experts offer tips to save you money - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/3/10

A/C experts offer tips to save you money

By Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - There are plenty of ways to keep cool in this heat without breaking the bank. Heating and air companies deal with dirty filters on a daily basis. When your filter is dirty it causes your air conditioner to run overtime, increasing your bill and the risk of damage to your unit.

Keith Mowery of Total A/C offers a few tips. "Above 100 degrees they're gonna run quite a bit so if you can keep your thermostat to 75, 76 degrees around that range, maybe have some ceiling fans running, circulating some air and that sort of thing that can help out a lot," he said.

You can save money by replacing your own air filter. Depending on the filter size, they can cost as low as 99 cents. That's in comparison to about $60, which is how much you would pay a professional to change it for you.

Shane Templin of Arctic Air Conditioning says, "When it is this hot we have people that are completely down with no air conditioning and it will take anywhere between 30 and 40 minutes just for us to come out and tell you that you have a dirty filter."

Changing your filter regularly also improves the quality of air in your home. Before you get ready to call for service, check your filter, and change it if necessary. Mowery compares A/C maintenance to that of a car.

"It's like buying a brand new car and never changing your oil," Mowrey continued. "You know 20,000 or 30,000 miles, that engine's gonna give out on you, and they don't want to warn you of that because you didn't change your oil properly. It's very important to have it serviced every year, change your filter, and make sure your attic insulation is good."

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