3 Hacks to Lower Your A/C Bill This Summer

Did you know that cooling accounts for forty percent of the energy consumption in the average Arizona home? It’s not uncommon to see bills ranging from $200 to $400 and up when the temperature starts creeping up on the thermometer. In summer energy demand can be higher with weather responsible for up to seventy percent of your electric bill according to Arizona Public Service (APS) department. Here are 3 hacks to lower your A/C bill this summer.

1.) Air Filters: Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent ones at least once a month. A dirty filter forces your equipment to work harder, causing higher energy bills. Replacing your air filter at least once a month helps to save energy and increase the life of your cooling system. Additionally, experts also suggest leaving most of the air vents open in your home. Closing air vents in more than ten percent of your total air conditioned space creates a pressure imbalance and reduces the effectiveness of your cooling system.

2.) Windows: Believe it or not, windows account for half of a home’s summer temperature increase. So first, be sure to check windows for any hot air leaking in and seal them with caulk or weather stripping. If you have curtains close them on windows that receive direct sunlight. Looking for more protection? Consider installing sunscreens on the exterior of windows that receive direct sunlight to block sun from reaching the glass. Sunscreens can block as much as sixty to eighty percent of the sun’s heat from reaching the glass. Not crazy about the look of sun screens? Installing mini-blinds or shutters can reduce solar gain by forty to fifty percent.

3.) Thermostat: If you don’t already have one, installing a programmable thermostat will not only save you time, but energy costs as well. Programmable thermostats allow you to program the temperature in your home to increase by five to ten degrees while you're away and to return to a comfortable level an hour before you return. For every degree you set your thermostat above eighty degrees, you can save approximately two to three percent on cooling costs. The rule of thumb is to set the thermostat between seventy-eight to eighty degrees when you are home and up to eighty-five degrees when you are away.

Just because the temperature is in the triple digits doesn’t mean your air conditioning bill has to too. Utilize these 3 hacks to lower your A/C bill this summer and stay cool!

Frank Russo

Russo Team

RE/MAX Professionals

www.RussoTeam.com

602-864-1200

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