The summer has barely begun. If you’re sweating just thinking about how much air conditioning is going to cost over the next few months, ease your mind and your air conditioner’s load with these cool-down tips for the long Phoenix summer.Reduce A/C use
Find a balance between comfort and reduced A/C use by trying out these money-saving cool-down tips:
- Ventilate your home on mild nights to cut back on air conditioning costs.
- Use a programmable thermostat to program setbacks while you’re away without sacrificing comfort.
- Keep all windows and doors closed when the air conditioner is running.
- Close the registers in unoccupied rooms (but don’t close too many, or excess pressure could damage the system). Consider a zoning system for the best results.
- Shower with the exhaust fan on and only run heat-generating appliances in the morning and late evening.
Did you know that the airflow from a ceiling fan helps the room feel about four degrees cooler? That means you can set the thermostat to 80 degrees and enjoy what feels likes 76 degrees. Remember, you save 3 to 5 percent for every degree you turn the thermostat up.
Keep the air filter clean
Check the filter every month and change it when necessary. By keeping the air filter clean, you promote good airflow, which is essential for air conditioner efficiency and home comfort. Many new systems feature a check filter light so you don’t forget.
Schedule preventative maintenance
Every spring, arrange to have an HVAC contractor tune up your air conditioner. This is one of the most important cool-down tips you can utilize. Preventative maintenance involves many steps, a few of which include:
- Checking and recharging the refrigerant if needed. This can improve efficiency by up to 20 percent if the charge is off.
- Measuring airflow and making corrections for a 5 to 10 percent increase in efficiency.
- Duct sealing and insulating to prevent air loss to improve efficiency by 10 to 15 percent.
For more cool-down tips to get you through the summer, contact Wolff Mechanical today. We serve residents in the Phoenix Valley area.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the Phoenix Valley area of Arizona about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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