As the temp rises, so does your energy expenses. To keep your AC expenses low you might be asking yourself, is it cheaper to leave your AC on all day in the summer in Cottonwood & Prescott?

It’s a popular belief that turning your AC on and off throughout the day is a waste of energy. This is actually false.

Keeping your air conditioning going constantly means you’re not using it very efficiently. We advise moving your thermostat to a higher setting when you’re away, and turning it down when you return. You can do this with a programmable thermostat. Or, a smart thermostat is able to do the work for you.

It’s considerably more work for your system to keep a consistent temp for many hours. It can also result in a lot of strain on your system, since it’s repeatedly turning on and off.

So, on top of it increasing your utility bills, it could also result in a reduced life expectancy for your AC.

No matter what, the greater the difference between your house’s temperature and the outside temperature, the higher your energy expenses will be. So, what can you do to keep cool and keep your energy bills low in the warm weather? Here are our tips based on recommendations from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

Six Approaches to Increase Your Air Conditioner’s Energy Efficiency

  1. Adjust Your Thermostat. The DOE says that you can conserve up to 10% a year on heating and cooling by turning up your thermostat 7-10 degrees while you’re away. In the summer, it’s recommended to set your thermostat at 78 degrees at the time you’re home and 88 degrees when you’re out. It’s additionally important to abstain from setting your thermostat to a lower setting than normal when you turn on your AC. This doesn’t actually cool your house any quicker, it just results in bigger energy bills. While these temperatures may appear warm, there are additional methods to keep comfortable without having to consistently run the AC.
  2. Take Advantage of Fans, Curtains and Blinds. ENERGY STAR says increasing the thermostat by only 2 degrees and turning on your ceiling fan can lower energy by up to 14% over the course of the warm months. It’s important to keep in mind that fans cool people, not rooms. So, when you leave the room, turn the fan off to conserve energy. Furthermore, keeping blinds low and curtains closed throughout the day helps keep cool air inside. There are also some window coverings designed to deliver additional insulation and enhance energy efficiency.
  3. Adequately Seal All Doors, Windows and Openings. Leaky gaps throughout a house allow for conditioned air to quickly slip out and warm air to get within. This could result in your AC equipment having to work harder to keep your home cool and your energy bills to skyrocket. Make certain that any openings, doors and windows are suitably sealed. Caulking or weather-stripping are simple fixes for leaks or drafts close to windows and doors.
  4. Arrange Regular Maintenance. Scheduling air conditioner maintenance assures that your equipment is always functioning at its most efficient. This lets our professionals to find small issues before they become serious dilemmas. A maintained air conditioner is generally more efficient and could even live for a longer period of time.
  5. Install a Smart Thermostat. One of the greatest methods to ensure comfort and efficiency is with a smart thermostat. This thermostat automatically adjusts the temperature based on your day-to-day schedule. It works along with your smartphone to know when you’re home or away to enhance your energy efficiency. In fact, ENERGY STAR says that a smart thermostat could actually save you about $180 annually on heating and cooling costs.
  6. Consider Replacing Your AC. You can figure a properly maintained AC unit to run for 15-20 years. But if you’re often 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 offer many energy-efficient air conditioners, including ENERGY STAR models that can help you save more on cooling without negotiating comfort.

Increase Your Residence’s Energy Efficiency with Connolly Electric & Mechanical

No one likes to see their utility bill climb during the warm months. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your energy consumption and expenses lower this summer, our pros can help. Give us a call at 928-251-4327 or contact us online now for more information.