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How to Lower Air Conditioning Costs

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The summer months are no joke in the Cayman Islands. As the temperatures and humidity rise to record levels, families rely on their air conditioners to work harder than ever to stay cool at home. To make matters worse, CUC has warned that there could be significant electricity bill increases this summer due to the rising fuel costs.

In our hot and humid climate, air conditioners can easily contribute to over 50% of our monthly electricity bills. If you’re wondering how to lower air conditioning costs without compromising your home comfort, you’ve come to the right place! Here, we’ll cover the best ways to reduce AC costs

Replace Air Filters Regularly

Air filters are responsible for trapping dirt, allergens, and other airborne particles that circulate around your house. This not only helps to improve the air quality of your Cayman Islands’ home but also keeps debris from entering the HVAC system

A fresh filter allows warm and cold air to move freely between your home, ductwork, and air handler, allowing the system to operate efficiently. A dirty or clogged air filter, on the other hand, will restrict airflow and force your system to work harder and use more energy. 

We recommend replacing air filters every three months; however, some environments with more dust particles may benefit from filter changes every 30 days. Operating the system with clogged filters places additional stress on the system, effectively raising energy bills. 

If you find it hard to stay consistent with your filter replacement, consider starting a quarterly service agreement with a professional service provider.

Install a Programmable or Smart Thermostat

The right thermostat is the key to saving money with very little effort. The two types of thermostats that can increase your cooling system’s energy efficiency — and, therefore, reduce your AC energy costs — are programmable thermostats and smart thermostats

A programmable thermostat lets you create a schedule based on your household’s needs and will automatically adjust the indoor temperature to meet the desired settings. For example, when you’re at work and the kids are at school, you can program the thermostat to increase the temperature and give your air conditioner a break. 

A smart thermostat can take things one step further. They have all the features of a programmable thermostat and more. In fact, certain models can learn your daily routine and adjust the settings accordingly without needing to be programmed at all. Moreover, many smart thermostats track your energy consumption and provide a monthly report as well as personalized recommendations for saving energy. If you have a zoned system, you can also control which rooms to cool from your smart thermostat. 

Learning how to lower air conditioning costs doesn’t have to be a time-consuming process. With a programmable or smart thermostat, you can set it and forget it — your new device will do the work for you!

Use Ceiling Fans

An easy way to reduce AC costs is by putting your ceiling fans to use! Most homeowners questions whether it’s okay to run ceiling fans and the air conditioning simultaneously. The answer is yes — it’s encouraged, in fact!

Ceiling fans create a wind-chill effect that helps you feel cooler despite the room temperature remaining the same. This allows you to raise the thermostat by a few degrees. You’ll hardly notice the difference in the air; your AC unit, on the other hand, will be thankful it doesn’t have to convert a lot of heat into cool air

Pro Tip: Make sure your ceiling fan blades are spinning counterclockwise in the summer. This pushes cool air down and creates a nice, comfortable breeze. 

Seal Windows and Doors

What if all the cool air was escaping your home through holes in your windows and doors? It’s more common than you might think! No matter how hard your air conditioning system works, heat and moisture are constantly making their way in from outdoors. Windows and doors, according to the Department of Energy, are common sources of heat gain. 

Thankfully, sealing air leaks is easy and inexpensive — but most importantly, it helps reduce AC costs! You may not even need the help of a professional if you’re handy and have the right tools. 

To find air leaks, start by inspecting the windows and doors. Are there any noticeable holes or gaps in the sealing? If not, close them all. Light a candle and move it around the frame of the window or door. Watch closely for any sudden movement of the flame or smoke (if the flame goes out), as this indicates a draft. 

You can either caulk or weatherstrip broken seals around your windows and doors. Then sit back, relax, and stop wondering how to lower air conditioning costs; your energy bills will reflect your savings almost immediately.

Reduce AC Costs Even More With Polar Bear

Our tips don’t end here! If you want to learn how to lower air conditioning costs for good, consider an upgrade. Polar Bear is the number one company for air conditioning replacements in the Cayman Islands. Since 1988, our team has been dedicated to one goal: providing a great service and making you say WOW! Our core values of 110% Customer Satisfaction and Integrity prove that we have your best interests at heart. 


Contact us today to learn more or schedule a service. 


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John Thistle
John Thistle
21:32 17 May 23
I recently had my air conditioning unit installed by Polar Bear Air Conditioning in Cayman Kai. I was very pleased with the service I received. The workmen, Jerome, Tony, and Nathan, were all professional and courteous. They arrived on time and were dressed in their uniforms. They laid out carpeting where they would be walking inside the house to avoid leaving debris or making a mess. They worked clean and kept the space tidy. They were polite and provided me a good understanding of the work they completed as well as showed me all pieces of equipment. They emailed me a jpg image of each piece of equipment's information plate so that I could record it in my home management software, as requested.Here are some specific details about the work they did:They installed 3 new high-efficiency air conditioning units that are much more energy-efficient (26 SEER) than my old units.They cleaned and disinfected the air ducts, as well as replaced previously installed flex ducts with rigid duct work that is superior in efficiency and durability.They installed new filters to help keep the air clean and free of allergens.They explained the operation of the new units to me and answered all of my questions.They cleaned up after themselves and left my home in good condition.I would highly recommend Polar Bear Air Conditioning to anyone in need of air conditioning installation or service. They are a professional and reliable company that provides excellent customer service.
Charles Mobley
Charles Mobley
01:19 01 May 23
Our ac stopped working a few weeks ago and Polar Bear sent Roemaine and Tyrone to diagnose the problem. Roemaine and Tyrone very quickly identified the problem and communicated with me. It turns out the best option was replacing the condensing unit which Paul quoted within a matter of minutes and they had expert installation team (Tony and Jerome) complete late in the afternoon with short notice. I’m very happy with their work!
17:26 22 Feb 23
I have, over the years been trying to find a reliable, professional A/C maintenance and repair company. I have tried a few. That search is now over after using Polar Bear. Billy and Jerry were absolutely a pleasure to work with. Knowledgeable and professional from the initial diagnosis to the final repair. I highly recommend this company and the team that came to do work on my AC. Tim.
Gill Gordon
Gill Gordon
01:58 27 Jan 23
Polar Bear technicians are always very polite, friendly and professional in their service. Each of their technicians that we have dealt with have been great and they are always super responsive to getting someone out. Pictured are Antony and Billy who completed our recent service 👍
Zichri M.
Zichri M.
22:27 30 Dec 22
Great work. I received an email and also a call from the dispatcher that the tech would be calling me, and sure enough, the tech (Simon) called shortly after that to let me know he was on his way which was very much appreciated. The customer service from all of the team and updates was spot on, and Simon was very thorough and very knowledgeable. He was also very courteous and professional. I rate Polar Bear as the best company in town. Great work!
Glenroy Miller
Glenroy Miller
03:27 24 Dec 22
Tyrone is very knowledgeable and professional, he gave me a step by step update of what he was doing. He also gave advice on how best to protect not only the unit but my family. My wife and I are totally satisfied with the service.
Kyle Roberts
Kyle Roberts
22:50 23 Dec 22
Polar Bear's service and response was amazing! Nicole who answered my phone call and scheduled me was extremely friendly, accommodating and knowledgeable! The Technician assigned to me was Simon and he was also extremely friendly and very knowledgeable. Within a minute of looking at my system he knew what the errors and issues were! He was able to fix one of the two problems that day, and then came scheduled and came the following day to fix the remaining issue. He was perfectly on time and the courtesy call before arrival both times before arriving was a welcome touch as it made sure that I was ready.Will continue using polar bear for all my HVAC needs! 5*
Kayla Shibli
Kayla Shibli
01:09 05 Oct 22
My experience with Polar Bear has been awesome!!!! From the beginning, the office staff were so professional and kind, then receiving my AC quote, the gentleman has been very prompt in his response time—, the kind of employee that puts customer first and has such a nice and an approachable attitude, very patient in answering my questions and providing guidance as required by me- customer focus completely, then as if that wasn’t enough to convince me to move my AC maintenance and installation to Polar Bear; the technicians that attended to my AC installation provided such excellent service— what stood out was how they used a carpet that was placed on my floor to avoid making any mess on my floor and whatever mess they did make, the technician used their broom to remove it. I know this message is long but I really wanted to express my THANK YOU and appreciation for such excellent customer service that I’ve experienced by Polar Bear — you have won me as a customer!! THANK YOU! Keep up the excellent customer service!!! Looking forward to building a relationship with you as a new customer.
Robert L White
Robert L White
11:48 15 Aug 22
Olivia and Demitri very professional , competent and are delightful people! She came by and diagnosed some issues with our AC system . I am reviewing your estimate at this time..I truly enjoyed meeting them. They both real assets to your Company!Rob
Omari Rankine
Omari Rankine
04:58 10 Jul 22
I am very pleased with the service that was provided by Polar Bear. I had an issue where the ac was not working at one of my rental properties after hours on a weekend. Rohan came all the way out to East End at 10pm and worked on the issue to get the system back up and running. He was very thorough and explained the issue in detail, and the measures I needed to take to prevent it from reoccurring. Excellent customer service

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