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6 Ways to Save on Central Air Conditioning Costs

These quick cooling efficiency tips will lower your electric bills.

central air conditioning Newton, MA For most homes in the U.S., air conditioning is the single largest consumer of electricity. In Newton, Framingham, Canton and other communities in our service region, the temperatures have been rising, and we’re in line for some sizzling afternoons.

At Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, we’re dedicated to keeping Massachusetts families comfortable without inflating their energy bills. Here are six simple ways you can lower your central air conditioning costs.

1. Don’t Let Your Airflow Get Obstructed

One of the easiest and most effective ways to maintain your home cooling system is to check your air filter monthly. A dirty filter can restrict the flow of cooled air, forcing your A/C to work harder. This results in higher energy bills, more system problems and poorer indoor air quality. If your filter is dirty, either clean it or replace it.

Please also ensure the outdoor unit of your central A/C system has ample space to function efficiently. Maintain a clear area of 18 to 30 inches around it at all times. Avoid placing hoses, gardening tools or other items on top of the unit. If it becomes covered with grass clippings, dirt, or other yard debris, gently hose it off for a minute to keep it clean.

2. Keep the Air Moving and the Sunlight Out

Ceiling fans can produce a wind chill effect by circulating air, making rooms feel cooler and reducing the need to run your A/C. Additionally, operating a ceiling fan all day costs just pennies.

On the other hand, sunlight pouring through your windows can make your home hot. To keep your rooms cool without running your central A/C all day, just keep your blinds and curtains closed in the afternoon.

3. Seal Up Your Leaky Ductwork

If you really want to improve your cooling system efficiency, get your old, leaky ducts re-sealed. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has found that over 30% of A/C-related energy consumption can come from cooled air escaping through ductwork. You can cut out those duct losses by sealing the leaks.

4. Get Smart with Your Temperature Settings

Your thermostat is a crucial tool for maintaining efficient home cooling. According to the DOE, you can reduce your heating and cooling costs by 10% simply by setting back your thermostat by 7°-10°F for 8 hours each day.

Consider getting a programmable or Wi-Fi-enabled smart thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re asleep or away from home. Pre-setting these adjustments can enhance both your comfort and efficiency.

5. Get Your A/C Serviced

Proper care of your cooling equipment extends its lifespan and enhances its efficiency. We recommend scheduling annual A/C maintenance with one of our HVAC professionals. It ensures your system runs optimally and helps identify potential issues before they lead to breakdowns.

If you’re enrolled in one of our air conditioning service plans, your annual maintenance visit is included.

6. Contact Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling for an Upgrade

How old is your central A/C system? If it’s over ten years old, you’re likely missing out on technological advancements that can significantly reduce your annual cooling costs. Visit Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling, and we’ll help you find a replacement that ensures reliable cooling all summer while lowering your electric bills.

Our team of highly-trained and experienced A/C technicians are ready to help you. Contact us for service or a free estimate on new cooling equipment.