Saving money when the weather heats up

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The time is now to make sure your air conditioning unit is working. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The time is now to make sure your air conditioning unit is working. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The No. 1 thing a homeowner can do to get the most efficiency out of their unit is change the filters on a monthly basis in the summer. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The No. 1 thing a homeowner can do to get the most efficiency out of their unit is change the filters on a monthly basis in the summer. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

As we see those temperatures rise, we all fear the utility bills going up too.

While you may be tempted to wait for a 100-degree day to try out the air conditioner in your home, Mike Donley with Donley Plumbing and Air Conditioning said now is actually the perfect time to turn on your unit.

"Right now, I think it is a great time to turn it on for a couple of hours and find out if it is working," Donley said.

He also recommended getting on a regular maintenance schedule.

Cleaning out the condensate drain line could save you big bucks on potential water damage. Donley also suggested getting on a regular scheduled for changing your air filter.

"The No. 1 thing a homeowner can do to get the most efficiency out of their unit and reduce problems is change the filters on a monthly basis in the summer," Donley said.

As for the best temperature, he said in the heat of summer, you'll burn through cash if you try to go much lower than 78 degrees.

"But for every degree you can live above that you are going to save two to three percent on your electrical usage," Donley said.

He also gave advice for trying to time your temperature.

"Right now your house is probably not going to warm up very much in the day, so come home, turn it on, just to cool off the house, not a bad idea," Donley said.

But don't try that in the middle of summer.

"The rule of thumb is to set it back no more than four to six degrees, during the day, and that way it will catch up and cool the house off quickly. Any more than that and it is going to run way too long and you are going to spend all the money you saved during the day," Donley said.

Also running ceiling fans when you're not there is just a waste of money.

Other fans, like your cooking fan, bathroom fan or even the dryer can actually suck the cool air out, Donley said.

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