Experts suggest tips to keep AC cooling costs low

Posted at 7:06 PM, Jul 11, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-11 21:06:24-04

There are several things that can be done to keep costs for cooling low this summer.

The following are a few points to stick to so the electricity costs are kept to a minimum:

  • Keep the AC filters clean
  • Use air conditioning only when you need it; otherwise use windows
  • Start swamp coolers and air conditioners in the morning (it's hard to cool them in the late afternoon when it's hot)
  • Keep the thermostat at a constant temperature (suggested at 78 degrees)

Home heating and cooling experts say it is a bad idea to turn up the thermostat when gone and then turn it back down when home. The heat gets into the walls and floorboards and takes a lot of energy to cool down.