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DES MOINES, Iowa –We've had a relatively nice summer so far, but there is plenty of time for it to get hot. You can take a few steps now to make sure your air conditioning continues keeps you cool this season.

Chuck Gassmann with Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning says to start by checking your air filter. He says, "People don't think about their filters, and a lot of the calls we get when there's no air conditioning is because the filter is plugged."

Gassmann says to check your home’s air filter monthly during the summer and schedule an annual tune-up. A technician will check your air conditioner's electrical connections and wash the condenser coil. Gassmann says, "That will save you up to 40% on your utility bills and make sure your system is operating efficiently and safely."

You can also save money by setting your thermostat at 75 to 78 degrees. Every home varies, but Gassmann says you can save up to 2% on cooling costs for each degree warmer you set your thermostat.

Another easy step is to close drapes to keep out the afternoon sun and consider putting tinting on your windows or installing awnings on the outside. Finally, plant a tree on the southwest side of your home to shade it from the afternoon sun. Gassmann says, "Anytime you can plant a tree and add shade to your property it's a wonderful thing."

He also recommends adding trees to shade your air conditioning unit, but make sure trees and bushes are planted a decent distance so those don’t block air flow.

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