We asked our air conditioning repair technicians to share the most common stories they hear from our customers and we’ve listed a few air conditioning tips based on what they hear the most:
1. Don’t be a thermostat jiggler. We often hear from customers who say they turn the air conditioning to 85 degrees or OFF when they leave their home for more than four hours. They believe they are saving money on utility bills, which is simply not the case. When you are a thermostat jiggler, you may actually be spending more money on utilities because the system has to work harder to cool your home.
2. Do use a programmable thermostat. Rather than jiggling, use a programmable thermostat that will adjust the temperature or times when you are out of the house and/or when utility rates are higher. This will keep your home within a range that is efficient to cool rather than working the system harder to get your home from 85 degrees or higher to below 80 degrees.
3. Don’t open windows after dark. While it may seem cool, especially after a monsoon storm, it is more efficient to keep your windows closed. You will keep dust, pollen, and humidity out of your home and keep the cool air inside.
4. Do change your air filter. Many air filters you can buy at big box stores require changing every month to three months. This is especially important during the Arizona summer when dust and other particles are in the air. They can clog the system, causing problems.
5. Don’t be concerned if system is running at night. You’re living in the desert where it is more than 100 degrees during the day. Your home is heated all day by the sun and sometimes the outside temperature stays at or above 100 degrees at night. It’s normal – and efficient – for the air conditioning to run at night. It keeps your home’s temperature within a few degrees, keeping utility bills lower.
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