Ah, summer in Phoenix. Adjectives commonly used to describe it include sweltering, scorching and relentless. Yet, we diehard Arizonans love it just the same. Despite the blazing sunshine and oppressive heat, there’s plenty to adore about the hot weather months like summer monsoon storms, evening swims, uncrowded roads and cheap staycations. But, there is one thing that is really “not cool” about Phoenix summers. It’s the utility bills.
Yes, it’s costly to sufficiently cool a home when it’s 110 degrees outside. Monthly electricity costs often double. Even if you have a small home, this increase can put a dent in your budget. Yet, there are effective strategies you can take to contain costs when it’s hot outside.
Use Windows Effectively
During the day, it’s important to shut windows completely to keep heat out. Window treatments and coverings can improve energy efficiency, too. When evening temperatures dip below 80, take advantage of the cool air by opening up windows while sleeping and shutting them in the morning to capture the cool air.
Leverage Your Thermostat
Set your thermostat as high as comfortably possible. You may need to experiment for a couple of days to get it right. Remember – the smaller the difference between the indoor and outdoor temperatures, the less you’ll be paying on your utility bill. When you’re away, set your thermostat to 80 or 82 degrees and lower it only when you are at home. A programmable thermostat enables you to set it to your schedule.
Rely on Fans
Ceiling fans enable you to raise your thermostat setting by about 4 degrees with no reduced level of comfort. Don’t forget to use bathroom fans to remove heat and humidity when you take a shower or bath.
Reduce Heat from Appliances and Lighting
Minimize the use of your oven and cooktop during the summer. Choose your microwave oven or grill outside instead. Also cut back on other appliances that produce heat, like dryers and dishwashers which add heat to your home.
Turn Down Your Water Heater
Do you really need scalding hot water in the summertime? Water heating accounts for nearly 20 percent of the energy you consume in your home. By turning down the temperature of your water heater to 120 degrees, you can save energy and still have a comfortable shower.
Make Sure Your Air Conditioner Is Running Efficiently
If you haven’t already had a tune-up this year on your air conditioner, schedule one. Regular maintenance can save you a bundle by ensuring your cooling system is running optimally.
Call the experts at Chandler Air today and get ready for summer!