Annual A/C tune-ups can actually save you energy. Here's how.

Taking the time to have the unit looked at can save you more energy in the long run.

They say prevention is the best medicine, and staying on top of your health will keep you happy and healthy for years to come.

The same applies to your air conditioning unit.

When the heat is rising, the last thing you want is for your cooling power to die. Annual tune-ups can keep your air conditioner running strong all summer long. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, if you neglect to partake in annual maintenance, your air conditioning performance will steadily decline. Oh, and your energy bills? Expect those to skyrocket.

Taking the time to have the unit looked at can save you more money in the long run—here’s why.

An efficient air conditioning system leads to lower bills.

Having a clean unit with up-to-date pieces means you’re getting the most bang for your buck. When the filters are clogged, coils are dirty, and evaporator fins are bent, airflow is severely blocked. That means all of the clean, cold air that should be ventilating around your house is trapped inside the unit with all of the build-up and grime.

According to the Department of Energy, replacing a dirty, clogged filter can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption anywhere from five to 15 percent.

Replacing an air conditioner is way more expensive than maintaining the one you already have.

As with automobiles, small issues will often lead to more significant problems if left unaddressed for too long. With annual maintenance, an air conditioner can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, and sometimes longer. A seasonal tune-up can cost $70 to $150, while most homeowners report spending between $3,732 and $7,183 to have a new air conditioner installed. The cheaper choice is obvious, right?

Home warranty companies and manufacturers can deny warranty claims if they know you’ve been slacking on maintenance.

While you should always read the fine print on your home warranty before signing up, home warranty companies have been known to deny claims based on homeowner neglect and improper maintenance. The same is true for manufacturer's warranties. So even if you have a warranty on your unit, and your air conditioner breaks down, it’s not guaranteed that repairs will be covered.

To make sure you don’t end up with a bill worth thousands of dollars to repair or replace your unit, hold on to every receipt proving your unit has been maintained annually.

Call Van’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule your annual air conditioning maintenance. They’ll make sure you’re keeping your energy usage low while maximizing your air conditioner’s performance and lifespan. Visit or call 866-573-8386 to plan your annual A/C tune-up.