Few locations in the country need air conditioning as much as the Valley of the Sun in Arizona. During the summer we can expect to have our ACs running on a regular basis throughout the day and sometimes into the evening. Any average summer can end up creating very steep utility bills from air conditioning alone.
But there are ways you can lower the high cost of getting cooling in Arizona. Here are a few tips from our professionals at Johns Refrigeration for how you can lower your AC bills over the coming summer:
- Practice restraint with the thermostat: It’s is very tempting to lower the thermostat to the bottommost setting (usually 60°F, although some can go lower than this). However, you should avoid doing this at all costs. Instead, aim to keep the temperature set to the mid-70s, which is usually sufficient for comfort for most people. Adjust the temperature up and down a few degrees until you find a good level for your household, and then keep the thermostat there steadily. This can result in saving around 25% or more off your summer cooling bills.
- Have air leaks in the ductwork sealed: Chances are high that your ductwork is losing air somewhere along its length; the general stress on the ducts will cause this to happen over time. These leaks allow cooled air to escape from the system without giving you any benefit, and it can account for an increase of 20%–30% on your costs to cool a home. Contact duct sealing professionals to secure your ventilation system and stop energy waste.
- Upgrade your thermostat: If you still have a manual thermostat that operates off dials and sliders, you are missing a huge opportunity to save power. A simple digital programmable model will help you eliminate energy waste and still enjoy an identical level of comfort. Talk to HVAC professionals about some of the high-end thermostats that can help you save even more.
The team at Johns Refrigeration is available to help you achieve the best in energy-efficient air conditioning this summer in Mesa, AZ and the surrounding areas.