MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For most homeowners, 45 percent of their utility bill will go toward their AC unit.
However, some local HVAC technicians said consumers don't have to be heated when they see their bill if they make a few changes to help keep energy costs down.
Anthony Spadone, operations manager for One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, recommended a few things that could help consumers when the hot days of summer strike.
Get rid of the green
Spadone said clear the hedges, the shrubbery and anything else that surrounds an AC unit. He added some fences are fine, but basically homeowners want to makes sure there is nothing surrounding the unit that could block it from working properly.
Change the air filter
Spadone also recommended changing the air filter on a regular basis, generally once a month.
"If the filters are dirty or clogged your unit is going to work a lot harder to condition the air, which is going to put wear and tear on your system and raise your utility bill," he said.
Regular maintenance is very important, Spadone stressed. He said if a homeowner has regular maintenance performed at least twice a year on their unit, most times a technician can usually identify a problem before it breaks and becomes a costly repair.
Fans and blinds
Spadone said when the heat index is in the triple digits, most AC units are working hard to keep the home cool.
Closed blinds in the home can keep it cool, but ceiling fans not so much.
"In the summer you want them to turn counter clockwise to better circulate the air," he said. "You don't need to leave them on when you are not home. Fans condition the people, not the space. Air conditioning will condition the space."