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Air Conditioner Tips

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - With temperatures on the rise this week, many people will crank up their air conditioners.  But before you adjust your thermostat we have some tips to help you save money.

Experts recommend not setting the temperature extremely low to speed up the A/C. It's makes your unit work harder, and costs you more money.   One expert suggests nothing lower than 70 degrees.  

The same is true when you leave the house, it's better to raise the temperature a little rather than turn it completely off.   The same expert suggests only a 5 degree jump.     

Get your system checked out every year, and do it early.

"Most people find out that their A/C dies when it's 95 degrees, when they need it the most.  And they find out service companies are backed out two weeks. So you'll be hot for the next two weeks," said Ken Day, Dayco Heating & A/C.  

Experts also say keep your filter clean. It helps your A/C work smoother, and it is easier on your wallet.