Air Conditioning Summer Tips
They say that time is money, but sometimes it’s the things that fill the time – such as your air conditioner running – that cost you money. You can’t live without your AC in the summer in Phoenix, but you might be able to make running it a little more cost-effective with these tips.
- Use a programmable thermostat. Probably the number one recommended tip for saving energy and reducing cost is to install (and use!) a programmable thermostat. This allows you to set higher temperatures depending on the time of day: higher during the day when you’re at work, for example, then lower at night when you’re at home
- Tinker with your temperatures. Don’t keep your house at 68 or 70 degrees, day in and day out, just because that’s the standard or expected temperature. The high 70s or even 80 degrees will feel plenty cool enough if it’s 100 degrees outside. When you’re away, you can even set the thermostat as high as 85 degrees.
- Take advantage of the “auto” setting. Your thermostat should have “auto” as well as an “on” setting. Using this setting means that your fan only runs when your air conditioning is cooling, and can save you between $15 and $25 a month on energy costs.
- Make sure all your vents are open. Your air conditioning system was designed the way it was for a reason. Usually an AC system has a certain number of vents so that it can “breathe” properly. Shutting even just a few vents throws off that balance.
- Plan for heat or moisture-producing tasks. If you know you have to do a chore that produces a lot of heat or moisture, such as doing laundry, running the dishwasher, or cooking, try to do it during the cooler parts of the day, such as early in the morning or late at night. Doing these tasks during the hottest part of the day makes your air conditioner work harder to keep the place cool.
- Use your ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can make you feel like it is cooler in the house than it actually is. Just set them to blow air downward, creating a cooling draft that will feel good on your skin.
- Make sure your air conditioning unit is the right size. To function optimally, air conditioning units should be the right size for the space they are cooling. Too small a unit, and it’ll have to run constantly to try to keep up; too big, and it’ll use more energy than is needed to cool your home.
- Do your DIY maintenance. Replacing the filters regularly will keep your AC unit running at peak performance by ensuring that there isn’t anything obstructing the air flow. Likewise, making sure that the outdoor components are clear of debris will keep your system running at top efficiency.
- Have your system maintained regularly. Just like with cars, home AC systems need to be checked out regularly by professionals like those at Howard Air. This will ensure that your system is working correctly and efficiently, and enables us to catch any problems before they balloon into high energy bills.
When trying to get the most out of your AC system, the first rule of thumb is to work with your air conditioner instead of against it. If you can plan some of your daily habits with this notion in mind, you can save yourself a lot of money. To ensure your unit is operating at peak efficiency, or to schedule an AC tune-up, contact us at Howard Air for high-quality, professional AC service.