ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Summer is here, and for many that means it's time to crank up the air conditioner. Officials have a few tips to make sure that keeping your house cool won't leave you sweating the bills.
First and foremost, experts say to change your filter. Old filters are one of the largest reasons for systems to have problems and shut down.
Generally speaking, big filters should be changed every six months.
If you've got a lot of people or pets in your home you may need to change it more often.
One good tip experts give is to not make drastic changes in temperature. "Maintaining an even temperature throughout the day, and then that way you're not going from a 90 degree home trying to bring it down to 72," said Erin Gogal. "Then you're miserable, because it will take hours for that to happen if you're waiting that long to turn your air conditioning on."
Gogal says that it puts a big strain on air conditioning systems to try to make drastic changes quickly, and recommends only moving the thermostat two degrees at a time.
Another thing Gogal says to do, is to make sure your system is up to date and to have it inspected.
She says that it's best to have it checked at the beginning of both heating and air conditioning seasons.
For other tips and tricks to keeping your energy bills low or to have your air conditioning system inspected, you can contact a licensed A/C service shop.