How to Reduce Your Air Conditioning Costs this Summer

The heat in Phoenix in the summertime is no joke, and neither are the resulting AC bills. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to maximize the efficiency of your AC, which will help reduce your monthly costs and still keep you nice and cool.

Invest in window coverings

Solar screens, window film, and even heavy curtains can intercept the hot rays of the sun before they reach the inside of your house, helping to keep your cooling costs down. Solar screens are mesh window coverings that can be added to the outside of your windows. These screens can block around 70 percent of the sun’s rays. Another option is to apply window film, which reflects heat before it can go through the glass. Finally, heavy curtains to cover your windows can also help keep out the heat.

Program your thermostat

According to the Department of Energy, you can save anywhere from five to 15 percent on cooling costs by simply adjusting your thermostat to a higher temp when you’re not home. It’s easy – just program your thermostat or adjust it manually to a few degrees higher when you’re at work or away for an extended period.

Keep the air moving

Keeping the air circulating throughout your home can also save on air conditioning costs. Just adding a few inexpensive fans can help you keep the air in your space moving, adding a cool breeze and allowing you to turn up the AC a degree or two and still remain comfortable.

Keep up on your AC maintenance

AC repair in Phoenix can be costly, so it’s important to perform regular maintenance on your unit to keep it running smoothly. Changing the air filter every few months is something that just about anyone can do, but the more in-depth checks should be left to the pros. An HVAC service technician can check your unit’s coils, condensers, refrigeration line and other parts to ensure everything is in good shape. Maintenance checks are a fraction of the cost of full-on repairs, and these regular once-overs can reduce your cooling costs in the long run. Contact us today by calling 480-900-2178 or visit our website for more information!