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Posted 5/12/2015

Here are some AC tips from Duke Energy to help save you some money not only on your power bill but also help maintain the life of your equipment.

Turn air conditioners to the highest comfortable setting. We recommend 76 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit when you're home and 80 degrees while you are away. Adjusting your thermostat up a few degrees will have a significant impact on your cooling bill. A change from 73 degrees to 76 degrees -- 24 hours a day -- could save you approximately 30 percent on your summer cooling costs.

Clean or replace your air conditioning filter monthly, or as needed.

Keep coils on the exterior air conditioning unit free of dirt, grass clippings and leaves.

The “on” fan setting on your central air conditioner can circulate air continuously through your home. This will usually even out the hot spots in your home, and if this practice allows you to set your thermostat at a higher summer temperature, it can also save you money.

Humidity is a significant load on an air conditioner. While it’s tempting to give your air conditioner a rest on cool nights, watch the weather forecast before you decide to open the windows at night. If tomorrow is going to be hot again, keep the air conditioning on and the home closed through the night to keep the humidity out of the house.

Have your air conditioning system checked annually by a qualified heating and air conditioning contractor to make sure its working at peak efficiency

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Posted 5/2/2015

Please make sure you all are replacing your filters monthly as it will help make your system last a lot longer and give you all more bang for your buck. Those dirty filters will restrict airflow and can cause the system to run longer, increasing energy use. Replace filters monthly for maximum benefit.

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