- Posted by Mike
- On February 22, 2017
- ACE Home Services, air conditioning, phoenix, Save Money, Summer
Summers in Phoenix can cause your electric bill to skyrocket as your air conditioning system works overtime to combat the extreme heat. With daily temperature averaging over 110°F, your A/C becomes a crucial factor in keeping your home cool and comfortable.
How To Reduce Your A/C Bill This Summer
ACE Home Services is here with 3 simple actions you can take to reduce your energy bill this summer, all while enjoying a cool home environment.
Increase Your Thermostat
Simply increasing your thermostat by two degrees can make a difference in your electric bill. Generally speaking, you may be setting the temperature for you A/C much lower than you actually need. We suggest setting your thermostat to 78°F to see significant savings. When you are on vacation or away from home, increase the temperature setting by 10 degrees to save money. We do not recommend turning your A/C completely off when you are gone. This will use more energy as you turn it on when you get back home and the system tries to re-cool the entire house. Plus, your home can become an oven if left in the heat, reaching indoor temperatures of triple digits. This threatens the health of your home and the safety of anything in it.
Upgrade To A Programmable Thermostat
You do not need a new air conditioning system to upgrade your old thermostat to a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow you control your A/C temperature settings while you are away from home. You can also track energy use and expenses through modern apps and devices that are linked to the thermostat. All you need is wifi, a programmable thermostat, and a device to view it on. Check out our other articles to learn more!
One of the easiest ways to save money and prevent costly breakdowns is to perform regular equipment maintenance. We suggest checking your air filter every month during the summer and changing it as needed. A dirty air filter can disrupt air pressure, breakdown systems, and slow circulation of clean air. In addition to this, you should check your outdoor unit and make sure there is no debris or dirt blocking it. If you find that there is, simply rinse it down with a hose and remove the debris.
Overall, keep an eye out for any issues with your A/C. We suggest scheduling a Tune-Up before summer, with one of ACE’s experienced technicians. This will prepare your air conditioning system for summer and help prevent further problems. Call us any day, at any time, to learn more!