As the temperature goes up, so does your energy expenses. To keep your AC expenses under control you might be thinking, is it cheaper to leave your AC on all day in the summer in Tucson and Phoenix?

It’s a popular belief that turning your AC on and off throughout the day is wasteful. This is actually a myth.

Keeping your air conditioning running all the time means you’re not using it very efficiently. We recommend moving your thermostat to a higher setting when you’re away, and turning it down when you get back. You can do this with a programmable thermostat. Or, a smart thermostat can do the job for you.

It’s a lot more taxing for your system to keep the same temperature all day long. It can also lead to a lot of strain on your system, since it’s frequently turning on and off.

So, on top of it increasing your utility bills, it can also lead to a reduced life expectancy for your air conditioner.

No matter what, the bigger the difference between your home’s temperature and the outside temperature, the more your AC expenses will be. So, what can you do to remain cool and keep your utility bills low in the hot weather? Here are our suggestions based upon recommendations from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

Six Methods to Boost Your Air Conditioner’s Energy Efficiency

  1. Tweak Your Thermostat. The DOE states that you can conserve up to 10% yearly on heating and cooling by turning up your thermostat 7-10 degrees when you’re away at work. In the summer, it’s recommended to set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home and 88 degrees when you’re elsewhere. It’s additionally important to forgo setting your thermostat to a colder setting than normal when you turn on your AC. This doesn’t actually cool off your home any faster, it just leads to bigger energy bills. While these temperatures may appear warm, there are a number of methods to keep cool without having to constantly run the air conditioning.
  2. Utilize Fans, Curtains and Blinds. ENERGY STAR says turning up the thermostat by a mere 2 degrees and turning on your ceiling fan can decrease energy by up to 14% over the course of the cooling season. It’s important to keep in mind that fans cool people, not rooms. So, when you exit the room, turn the fan off to be energy efficient. Also, keeping blinds low and curtains closed during the day helps keep cool air inside. There are also some window treatments designed to deliver additional insulation and boost energy efficiency.
  3. Adequately Seal All Doors, Windows and Openings. Leaky openings throughout a residence enable conditioned air to easily slip out and warmer air to get inside. This could cause your AC equipment having to work harder to keep your home comfortable and your energy bills to rise. Make certain that any cracks, doors and windows are suitably sealed. Caulking or weather-stripping are quick fixes for leaks or drafts close to windows and doors.
  4. Plan for Routine Maintenance. Scheduling air conditioner maintenance makes sure your unit is always performing at its most efficient. This permits our professionals to spot small issues before they become substantial problems. A clean air conditioner is usually more efficient and can even last for a longer period of time.
  5. Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat. One of the greatest methods to assure comfort and cost-effectiveness is with a smart thermostat. This thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature based on your daily schedule. It works along with your smartphone to see when you’re home or out to maximize your energy savings. In fact, ENERGY STAR says that a smart thermostat could possibly save you about $180 yearly on energy costs.
  6. Consider Replacing Your AC. You can figure a properly taken care of AC to live for 15-20 years. But if you’re regularly calling us for air conditioning repair or your energy bills are rising with no change in thermostat settings, it may be time for a new system. We carry many energy-efficient air conditioners, like ENERGY STAR models that can help you save more on cooling without compromising comfort.

Enhance Your House’s Energy Efficiency with Desert Husky HVAC/R Services

No one wants to see their electricity bill climb during the summer. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your energy use and costs down this summer, our team can help. Reach us at 520-416-5415 or contact us online right away for more information.