Summer weather in Phoenix is downright hot, and running your air conditioner can account for as much as 60 percent of your monthly utility costs. That’s why it’s critical to do as much as possible to reduce the burden on your air conditioning equipment.
Taking Some Pressure Off Your AC
Your air conditioner takes a beating in the summer, but there are a variety of simple steps you can take to lighten the load on your air conditioner and lower those high summer cooling bills.
- Add Insulation: There are many energy efficiency upgrades available, but adding insulation provides the greatest return on investment. It’s inexpensive to install, and there are no moving parts to deal with. Most homes built before the mid-2000s don’t have enough insulation to meet current Department of Energy standards.
- AC Maintenance: Preventive maintenance is the best way to ensure your air conditioner will operate dependably throughout the summer. Our technicians visit your home every year in the spring to test, inspect, calibrate and clean your equipment to restore lost performance and efficiency. You’ll feel more comfortable and save money on those summer electric bills.
- Window Tinting: Glass is a significant source of thermal gain in your home, especially if the windows are facing south or west. Older homes have single-pane glass, which is very inefficient. Window films eliminate up to 99 percent of the sun’s UV rays and can reduce heat infiltration by up to 80 percent.
- Ceiling Fans: Ceiling fans only use about 60 watts of electricity compared to the 3500 watts your air conditioner consumes. Since ceiling fans actually remove heat from your body, the thermostat can be raised without changing your perception of comfort.
Your Air Conditioning Efficiency Experts
Make sure your air conditioning is in top efficiency condition. If your air conditioning system is due for maintenance, call the professionals at Canyon State Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing today.