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How to Lower Your Summer Energy Bills While Staying Cool

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As summer starts heating up, so do the demands on your AC unit. The increased energy use always leads to higher energy bills, leaving your pocketbook feeling a bit thinner than usual. In fact, your air conditioner can account for as much as 43% of your energy bill during the summer! That’s a hefty chunk of change. The good news is that with a few simple adjustments, regular AC maintenance, and carefully built habits, you can learn and use summer energy-saving tips to lower your energy bill and stay cool.

Programmable Thermostats 

One of the easiest ways to save energy during the summer is to adjust your thermostat settings. For every two degrees you increase the temperature, you’ll save approximately five percent on your bill. Programmable thermostats allow you to adjust the settings to leave the temperature a bit higher while you’re away at work or out of town and then cool the house back to your preferred temperature just before you get home. That way, you aren’t wasting electricity keeping your home cool while you aren’t there to enjoy it. 

Open the Windows

If you’re going to open the windows, it’s important to know when and how to use them to maximize cooling and not maximize your bill. Try not to leave the windows open all day or while the AC is running. However, you can take advantage of cooler evenings and early mornings by switching the AC off and opening the windows, allowing fresh air to circulate through your home. 

Turn on the Fan

Fans use significantly less energy than your AC unit does and makes the air feel cooler. Additionally, in homes with central air, fans can help prevent uneven cooling and warm spots, making your entire home more comfortable. Use the moving air to help cool your space, and reduce your reliance on air conditioning to lower your energy consumption.

Seal the Windows

Air leaks and drafts around your windows, doors, and other openings allow cool air to escape and warm air to sneak in, forcing your unit to work harder. Seal up any cracks or gaps with weatherstripping or caulking to keep hot air out. The right insulation can significantly improve your energy efficiency. If you have concerns, an HVAC contractor can help identify problem areas around your home.

Cover the Windows

Keep direct sunlight to a minimum during the hottest part of the day by installing window coverings such as blinds, curtains, or shades. It’ll help keep your home cooler and prevent your AC system from having to work as hard. You can also consider using light-colored window treatments that reflect sunlight instead of absorbing it.

Maintain Your Cooling System

Regular maintenance of your air conditioning system by a trained HVAC contractor helps ensure peak performance and energy efficiency. Clean or change out your air filters regularly to prevent airflow restrictions and keep the system running smoothly. Schedule professional maintenance checks to identify any potential issues early on and improve the overall efficiency of your cooling system.

By adding these summer energy-saving tips to your routine, you can lower your energy bills without sacrificing comfort. Adjusting thermostat settings, utilizing natural ventilation, sealing air leaks, and getting regular AC tune-ups from a professional technician with Clay’s Climate Control, are all effective ways to conserve energy and save money during the summer months. Give us a call at 609-916-1106 to make sure your AC system is running as efficiently and smoothly as possible. We’ll make sure you’re ready to handle the heat!

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HVAC Maintenance Checklist: What to Do Each Season

hvac maintenance As a homeowner, you know that seasonal HVAC maintenance is crucial for keeping your system running smoothly and your home comfortable. But there’s a lot to keep track of, and it’s easy to miss something that only needs to be done a few times per year. To help out, we’ve created a seasonal HVAC maintenance checklist so you know what needs to be done and when.


As the weather begins to warm up, you’ll probably start thinking about air conditioning maintenance services for your system. Spring is an easy time to get your system checked out and ready for the summer. 

Change your air filters: Change your filters every one to three months, depending on type, usage, and whether or not you have pets.

Check your outdoor unit: Make sure the area around the outdoor unit is clear of debris and vegetation, and clean any dirt or debris off of the unit itself. Check for signs of damage or wear, like cracks or rust. If you find any indications of damage, call a professional to determine if the unit is safe to use. 

Schedule a professional tune-up: Spring is the perfect time to get seasonal HVAC maintenance for your entire system done by a professional from Clay’s Climate Control. Our techs will clean and lubricate components, check refrigerant levels, and ensure your system is ready for the months ahead. 


Summer is one of the worst times to have your AC breakdown. Fortunately, a few simple steps will help keep your unit in good condition so you stay cool and comfortable all summer long.

Check your thermostat settings: Make sure you set your thermostat to the correct temperature and mode for the season. If you have a programmable thermostat, adjust it to account for any changes in your schedule.

Clear the area around your indoor unit: Make sure there are no obstructions around your indoor unit, such as furniture or curtains. This can restrict airflow and reduce your system’s efficiency.

Change your air filters: During the summer, you may need to change your air filters more frequently than in other seasons. Check your filters regularly and change them as needed.


While the focus during spring and summer is on the AC unit, fall is the best time to protect your air conditioning and to get any heating system maintenance done that’s needed. 

Inspect your ductwork: Check your ductwork for any leaks or damage, and seal any gaps or holes. Leaky ducts can reduce airflow and waste energy, leading to higher energy bills.

Test your heating system: Before the colder weather sets in, test your heating system to ensure it’s working properly. If you notice any issues, schedule a repair or tune-up with a professional.

Schedule a professional tune-up: Just as in the spring, fall is a good time to have your HVAC system inspected and tuned up by a professional. 


Having your heat go out during the winter isn’t just inconvenient; it’s dangerous. Keep up with regular heating system maintenance throughout the winter to ensure your system runs smoothly and efficiently. 

Change your air filters: As in other seasons, it’s important to change your air filters regularly during the winter.

Check your thermostat settings: Make sure your thermostat is set to the correct temperature for the season, and adjust it as needed for changes in your schedule.

Test your heating system: Test your heating system periodically throughout the winter to ensure it’s working properly. If you notice any issues, schedule a repair with a professional.

By following this HVAC maintenance checklist each season, you can help prevent costly repairs, improve your system’s efficiency, and prolong its lifespan. Don’t hesitate to contact a professional HVAC technician from Clay’s Climate Control if you notice any issues or if it’s time for regular system maintenance. Our technicians are factory-trained and NATE-certified, so you know your system is in good hands. Contact us today to learn more about our maintenance services.