5 Things You Can Do Today To Reduce Your Air Conditioning Costs

Blue piggy bank representing savingsTriple-digit temperatures and excessive heat warnings are normal in the Phoenix area. So are the high utility costs that come from air conditioning your home during the summer here. But you may be unaware of how much you could save by doing a few simple things around the home.

Whether you have a brand new top-of-the-line, highly efficient air conditioner or a unit on its last summer, you can reduce your air conditioning costs today by doing these five things.

Seal Air Leaks
About 20-30% of your air conditioned air escapes your home through leaks in your home. In the Phoenix metro area, this translates into major energy waste. You can reduce your air conditioning bills by making sure there is an air-tight seal around anything on the outside wall of your home, including:

  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Electrical outlets
  • Lights

Use Your Ceiling Fans
Using ceiling and room fans is an easy and simple way to reduce your air conditioning bills. The fans move air and help your body cool off, even at higher temperatures. That means you can save money on your energy bills (by raising the thermostat setting) and still remain comfortable.

The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that for every degree you raise your thermostat, you will save about 3% on your cooling costs. Since fans help you remain comfortable at temperatures 2-4 degrees higher, the savings really add up.

Reduce Heat Sources
Air conditioners work by removing heat from your home and replacing it with cool, comfortable air. So the less heat in your home, the less your air conditioner needs to run. Your home has at least two heat sources contributing to increased air conditioning energy use.

  • Ovens/stoves – When you use your oven, that heat has to go somewhere. You can reduce your air conditioning bills by only using your oven when it is cooler outside (evenings and mornings).
  • Lights – If you still have older incandescent bulbs, you have yet another reason to upgrade. 90% of the energy generated by these bulbs is heat. Upgrade to more efficient CFLs and LEDs and save money on your lighting and cooling costs.

Close The Blinds
Many homes in the Phoenix area are built with large, beautiful windows and skylights. These windows are great for letting in natural light. But they also let in heat from the sun, contributing to high air conditioning costs. Keep that heat out by closing your blinds during the day.

Program Your Thermostat
Why pay to cool your home to the same level of comfort even when there is no one in it? A programmable thermostat will automatically raise and lower your home’s temperature at set times each day so you maximize your cooling system’s efficiency.

FH Air Conditioning serves the greater Phoenix area and is committed to keeping you cool and saving you money. Contact us for more information on any of our products or services.

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