Triple digit temperatures, along with triple digit utility bills, are par for the course for Valley homeowners throughout the summer. In fact, keeping a house cool and comfortable in the Phoenix metro area can be a costly endeavor from May through October. Yet, there are some simple ways to reduce the financial pain of soaring air conditioner costs.
Slightly Raise Your Thermostat
When it’s 100 degrees or higher out, it’s natural to want to drop the thermostat to near refrigeration levels. However, each degree you raise your thermostat will save energy and reduce your monthly bill. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends a setting of 78 degrees when the house is occupied. For most, this temperature is quite comfortable.
Vacuum Vent Covers
Money can be thrown away if dirty vent covers are hindering your air conditioner’s air flow. To save a few dollars, locate every vent cover in your home. They can be on the ceiling, or in walls. First, check to see if they are blocked in any way. Next, use a vacuum with the hose attachment to remove dust from them. You will likely be surprised by the amount of dust covering them. By regularly cleaning them, you can improve your air conditioner’s performance and lower your energy consumption.
Clean Around the Perimeter of Your AC Unit
Wind and dust is a common occurrence in Arizona, particularly during summer monsoons. Dirt, leaves, branches and other debris around your air conditioner’s condenser can reduce efficiency. It’s smart to clean around your unit on a regular basis and certainly after storms.
Check Indoor Temperature in Multiple Areas
If your thermostat is near a heat-producing appliance or lamp, it can pick up what is called “ghost readings” that are not accurate. This can signal your air conditioner to work harder or run longer than it actually needs to. Carefully check the indoor temperature in several rooms to get a better read on the true temperature. If ghost readings are impacting your air conditioner, you may want to consider calling a professional to move your thermostat to a more logical location.
Don’t Put Off Regular Maintenance
The single best way to maintain the efficiency of your air conditioner is to schedule regular tune-ups. A professionally maintained unit will always run better, resulting in lower utility bills throughout the year.
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