(WWLP) – Keeping cool these past few days has come with a cost. Heavily running your air conditioning can kick up the price of the electric bill quickly but there are ways to save some money.

Making sure your home is well-insulated, running major appliances during cooler parts of the day and not blocking the airflow of your air conditioner are a few ways you can reduce electrical costs.

22News spoke with Joshua Smith of Berkshire Cooling and Heating who said it’s also a good idea to keep your air conditioner at a consistent temperature, “Make sure that they’re not having large swings in temperature because if they turn the temperature way up when they go to work and let the house get warmer, everything in the house assumes that temperature and when they get back home, the AC has to run that much longer to pull everything, the walls, the materials, the floors, couches… everything back down to their set temperature.”

It’s also important to clean or replace the air filter. Replacing a dirty, clogged filter can lower energy consumption by up to 15 percent. Experts recommend changing your filter every 90 days and more often if you have pets, or live in a dusty environment. If you don’t change your filter, it can allow dirt and dust to collect on the air conditioner coil, which reduces airflow and its ability to cool the room.

When the season ends, always remove window units for proper storage, and cover exterior units to protect them from winter elements.