Summer Heat Leads to Higher Utility Bills

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Air Conditioner Maintenance for Summer Could Save Homeowners Big Bucks

With the Fort Worth temperatures slowly creeping up outside, the price of keeping a house cool may be on an upward slope along with them. By scheduling time for the proper up-keep of your air conditioner, homeowners can increase a system's efficiency and therefore keep utility bills at bay.

"Preventative maintenance inspections can reveal air leaks, rust, corrosion and dust build-up," said Aire Serv of Fort Worth franchise owner Kelvin Rogers. "A properly maintained unit will have increased efficiency and can decrease your energy bills because it's not working as hard to keep you comfortable. In this economy every penny counts, and maintaining your cooling and heating system can keep energy bills low."

Air conditioners produce water by condensation on cool indoor coils, and drains from these coils can become blocked from sitting through the winter. A blocked drain can cause flooding or water damage in the area surrounding your indoor unit. Often preventable complications can cause major equipment malfunctions.

Following the simple Aire Serv® to-do list will keep air conditioners in excellent condition:
o    Clean or replace air filters to help the air conditioning unit run more efficiently
o    Open vents in all rooms - closing them does not save energy
o    Remove shrubs, grass and leaves from the condenser coil and within two feet of outside unit
o    Install a digital thermostat - it automatically changes the temperature when away or asleep
o    Inspect and caulk windows and doors annually where needed. This can help your system to maintain a more even temperature.

Homeowners should hire a professional technician to perform a tune-up on their air conditioner, which includes examining ductwork, checking the refrigerant level and tightening the wiring connections. This is also a good time to check a home's safety equipment to ensure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

Avoid higher utility bills this summer and reap the benefits of summer savings instead.

About Aire Serv®:
Established in 1992, Aire Serv is a global franchise organization providing installation, maintenance and repair of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and indoor air quality systems. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its "Franchise 500," Aire Serv franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at more than 170 locations in the United States and Canada. Aire Serv is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit AireServ.com.

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