It can be difficult to keep your home cool from Arizona heat without breaking the bank. Cranking up the AC at full blast can be expensive and is often hard on your unit in the long run.
Here are some money-saving tips to keep your air conditioning unit from overworking during the hot summer months!
Close the blinds
While this seems like an obvious solution, many people don’t know how much closing the blinds actually impacts the amount of heat that comes into their home. Studies have found closing highly reflective blinds can reduce heat gain by up to 45%. Alternatively, dark colored curtains with plastic backings were also found to reduce heat gain throughout the day by up to 30%.
Install a Programmable thermostat
When you are gone all day from your home, you can pre-program your thermostat to reduce the temperatures just before you return. You’ll still get that refreshing feeling when you come home, but you will also be saving money! By installing a programmable thermostat, you aren’t running your air conditioner all day long to keep your home cool and wasting energy.
Install a mini split
Installing a mini split ductless system will allow you to adjust the temperature of a certain room only, helping you be more comfortable without the cost of cooling your entire home. Mini split ductless systems can be especially helpful to keep your bedroom at comfortable and ideal sleep temperatures through the night. Learn more about ideal sleep temperatures in our blog post!
Cook outdoors more
When you use appliances like the oven or stove, their heat becomes trapped in your home. This forces your AC system to work harder to maintain cool temperatures. On an especially hot day, don’t add more heat indoors by using the over or stove – break out the grill and cook outdoors! It is summer after all!
Regularly Maintain your AC unit
Regular maintenance to your air conditioning unit such as replacing the coils or dirty air filters can make your unit run more efficiently, saving you money in the long run. One study found changing the air filter on an AC unit every 1 to 2 months can reduce the energy use by 5 percent to 15 percent. Also, performing regular maintenance on your air conditioner keeps everything running smoothly and increases the lifetime of your system. If your air conditioner is in need of maintenance or a tune-up, call Efficient Air today! Our expert technicians will get your system running smoothly in no time. Contact us to set up and appointment today and check out our extra money-saving offers.