Can you have your ice cream and eat it, too? Can you stay cool in your home all summer and save money on A/C costs, too? It’s possible with some simple ideas from Tom Eppers, co-owner, Dowe & Wagner, a heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning company serving residential and commercial customers in Illinois and Wisconsin.
He encourages home owners to change their air filters regularly, as a clean filter promotes air flow. While air filters trap allergens and contaminants from the air to improve your home’s air quality, they also help your equipment run more smoothly. A debris-filled filter reduces airflow, and stresses the air-conditioning system. A clogged filter is less effective in trapping dirt that can then collect on the equipment’s moving parts, impeding operations and increasing utility costs through longer running times.
High quality baffled filters are recommended for better filtration. They should be checked monthly, and changed at least every three months, or when they’re soiled and darkened from use.
Eppers also recommends turning up (not off) your air conditioner when you’re not home, especially during vacations. He discourages home owners to turn off their unit completely, as excessive humidity can build up indoors which encourages mold growth.
“Ideally you could set your programmable thermostat to keep your home’s temperature at 85 when you’re on vacation, and program it to 72 for the day of your return, which saves energy,” he says.
Other simple ways to conserve air-conditioning dollars are to close the window blinds or drapes on sunny days, use a ceiling fan to circulate the cool air, and keep furniture and clothing off floor registers to ensure unimpeded airflow.
For more information, contact Dowe & Wagner, a full-service heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning company based in Richmond at (815) 678-3000, or visit