Living in Ruckersville, VA, you know to expect an increase in your monthly energy bill during the hottest months of the year. However, there are a few things you can do that will help decrease your AC expenses. Here are four tips for keeping your cooling costs low this summer.

1. Air Filter Replacement

A clogged air filter not only presents a threat to your indoor air quality but also hinders your AC’s operation. You may wear out the AC motor and, at the same time, never get cool air. Avoid all of this by following the experts’ recommendations and replacing your filter every 90 days.

2. Compressor Cleaning

The compressor lies outside, exposed to the elements and prey to leaves, dead insects, dryer lint and more. Hose down the compressor grille to remove some of these nuisances, which can otherwise prevent the release of heat, and trim any shrubbery that’s too close to the unit. Cleaning the compressor inside will require a professional.

3. Good Thermostat Settings

To stay comfortable, you don’t need the set point any lower than 72 degrees. Every degree you raise the set point will save you a little bit on your monthly bill. For the times when you’re out at work, on errands or asleep, raise the set point to 74 degrees or even a bit higher.

4. Sealing Doors and Windows

Weather-stripping means sealing up cracks that can let your cool air seep out sooner than it should. You could ask a pro about what material to use, be it caulking, vinyl strips or metal strips. Also, look into your insulation levels since more insulation means better retention of that cool air.

Above all, you’ll want maintenance for your air conditioner in Ruckersville, so contact Duct-Rite Mechanical LLC today to learn more about our plan. We have flat-rate pricing, a team of NATE-certified technicians and close to 20 years of industry experience.

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