Spring has arrived and before we know it, 110 degree summer days will be upon us. Warmer temperatures guarantee one thing: Phoenix air conditioning and utility costs will significantly increase compared to this past winter. Energy Star estimates that half of the energy used in your home goes to heating and cooling. Before the first 100 degree day arrives, take this practical advice on how to keep your Phoenix air conditioning costs as low as possible. Your wallet will thank you for it!
- Avoid drastic temperature changes: Any Phoenix air conditioning service technician will tell you to not increase or decrease your HVAC unit by more than five degrees. Doing so makes your unit work harder to achieve the desired temperature. When you leave the house for long periods of time, increase the temperature on your thermostat by just a couple degrees. This increase is just enough to conserve home energy costs and it ensures that your unit won’t overwork when you readjust the thermostat.This can be achieved easily by using a programmable thermostat. According to Energy Star, using a programmable thermostat can save you up to $180 every year in energy costs; plus, you will never forget to change the temperature in your home because it does so automatically.
- Replace your filters: When temperatures reach 110 degrees, HVAC units are a necessity. To guarantee adequate comfort and more reasonable utility costs, we recommend extending the life of your unit by replacing your filters at least once a month.A dirty filter makes your unit less efficient because it reduces the airflow your unit supplies. Another measure you can take to increase your HVAC unit’s airflow is to make sure that the blower is in the “on” position at all times. This promotes constant air movement throughout your home, and allows for better filtration.
- Regular maintenance: Chas Roberts’ Phoenix air conditioning service technicians recommend that you schedule a maintenance appointment twice a year to ensure that your unit runs at peak efficiency, regardless of the season. During these appointments the technician can also help you catch minor HVAC problems before they become full-blown, costly repairs.
- Don’t close registers or doors to low-traffic areas: Perhaps in your home, a bathroom is cool and a west-facing bedroom is warm. This is fairly common. The first thing you think to do is close the register in the bathroom, thinking this will force more air out of the open register in the warm bedroom. Closing registers in your home makes your HVAC unit work harder to cool less space. This decreases your unit’s efficiency.
With quality brands and products, as well as new technologies, Chas Roberts is committed to providing you with healthy, comfortable air to breathe. To find out if the systems in your home are running as well as possible and providing you with all of the benefits possible, schedule an appointment with Chas Roberts Air Conditioning & Plumbing today. To schedule a maintenance, repair or replacement appointment visit our website or call (602) 943-3426 in Phoenix, (520) 618-1884 in Tucson or (505) 264-7257 in New Mexico.