How to Reduce AC Repair Costs Using Simple, Seasonal Tests Published on March 27, 2015 Don’t you love that feeling when you have the chance to switch over the thermostat from heating to cooling? So do we! With spring in the air and winter finally gone, it’s time to think about the working condition of your Kitchener home’s air conditioner, both in terms of AC repair or seasonal servicing. So what should you do to get the most out of your air conditioner without driving up your monthly energy costs? Hammond Plumbing & Heating has a few insights: Turn it up – when you initially turn on your air conditioner, take a few days to test out a number of temperatures to find where you are most comfortable. Begin by setting your thermostat to a temperature that you might think is a little too high. Then, make small incremental changes until you get to a temperature where you feel cozy. Keeping your thermostat set higher can keep your AC from continuously running, saving you money over time. The longer your air conditioner is working, the more energy you're eating up—and the more money you're spending. Even a degree warmer can make a big impact in the cost of your monthly energy bills, so take time to tinker. Consider the humidity – when you consider how much you can save, it can be tempting to clinch your teeth and deal with the heat by completely turning off your air conditioner. However, what can easily be lost is that air conditioners can help dehumidify your home in addition to cooling it. So if humidity is a problem for you, be sure to think twice before turning off your air conditioner. Keep it serviced – every time we talk about energy savings and efficiency, the importance of air conditioner service cannot be mentioned enough. Keeping your air conditioner serviced makes certain that all the pieces of your system are in working order before you begin using it consistently. Preventative maintenance is one of the most critical steps to your system working efficiently and keeping major AC repair at bay. Double team – using fans in addition to your air conditioner is a great way to keep your home cooler and keep the air circulating. Hammond Plumbing & Heating recommends tag-teaming to allow you to keep your air conditioner from running as often, and that reduced usage can create savings. It might also potentially help keep your home comfortable enough to raise your thermostat a degree or two. Keeping your home comfortable when it gets hot in Kitchener isn’t as tough as it may seem. And it doesn’t have to be so costly either. Luckily for you, there are a variety of ways that you can maintain or improve your comfort while also attempting to decrease your monthly energy costs. Whether you have questions about AC repair and air conditioner service or would like to know more about energy efficiency, contact your local Kitchener HVAC experts at Hammond Plumbing & Heating to learn more.