Money saving tips to keep your AC running cool - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Money saving tips to keep your AC running cool


by: Rachel Collier -

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB Fox 41) -- Some residents are stuck without air conditioning during this week's heat wave. WDRB's Rachel Collier reveals how you can prevent your AC from breaking down and save money.

When it is this hot and humid outside some AC units cannot handle the heat.

It's almost 90 degrees inside the office of Ed Lewis Sales Company on Chenoweth Lane, and coworkers have found small ways to cope. "So I got this blowing on my face," said Mary Jennings, of her small desk fan.

It is a miserable situation, but it is something John Waters Heating and Cooling has seen too much of. Most AC units in Louisville are designed to run around 95 degrees.

So when the heat index rises above 110, it's not a good thing. But it is not just the heat that is to blame.

"Biggest problem is a lot of people not doing their maintenance," said senior technician Mike Payne, with John Waters Heating and Cooling.

He finds many units are dirty, which can cost quite a bit of money that may have been saved by a quick tune-up months ago.

But lack of maintenance isn't the case back at the sweltering office. "We actually got new units because we were victims of the copper thieves twice in the last year," said Jennings."

Another tip -- keep your units clear of dirt and debris and keep the mowers and weedeaters away. "They actually blow the grass into the unit when you cut your grass," said Payne, so he tells customers, "cut it away from the unit."

John Waters Heating and Cooling offers some energy saving and money saving tips:

-Have maintenance done regularly on your A-C unit.

-Check the filter routinely

-Keep your drapes closed

-Avoid cooking and drying clothes during hottest point of day

-Keep ceiling fans on

If you suspect a problem with your air conditioning, call right away. Most HVAC companies will take more than a day to take care of you because of the high volume of problems right now, and it may cost you more if they have to work overtime.

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