In Tempe, air conditioning is a year-round tool which can lead to costly electric bills. What can you do to ensure you aren’t paying more than you should to cool your home? At Shamrock Heating & Cooling, we want you to enjoy comfort in your home without worrying about high cooling costs. The good news is that there are small, simple changes you can make to lower your cooling costs and reduce those bills.
If you are interested in air conditioning maintenance to keep your unit running smoothly and avoiding unusual spikes in cooling costs, contact Shamrock today! Give us a call at (480) 439-0016 to schedule an appointment.
Here are three proven strategies you can use to lower your energy bills by reducing your cooling costs:
Is your thermostat programmable? If not, we strongly recommend investing in one and then taking the time to learn how to program it effectively. Programming your thermostat enables you to avoid excessive cooling when you’re not actually home, which leads to significantly lower your energy bills.
Consider times when your home could be set to a higher temperature than normal. Do you leave all day for work? Change the temperature. Do you go to sleep at the same time each night? Set the thermostat so it raises the temperature after you’re asleep. Are you going on vacation? Set the thermostat so that you aren’t running the air conditioner like you’re at home even though no one is there. Even just a few degrees of adjustment will make a tremendous difference in your energy bills.
Turn off the lights in rooms you aren’t in and lights you don’t use to decrease your energy use. Doing so can also lower the temperature of the room, as the lights won’t be radiating extra heat into the room. The US Department of Energy recommends turning off the light if you’re going to be out of a room for 15 minutes or more.
When flipping the switch, flip the ceiling fan on too, but only while you’re in the room. This will help circulate the air so you feel more comfortable with a higher thermostat setting. However, this effect is only helpful when you are in the room. When you leave the room, turn the fan off.
Finally, make sure you’re investing in maintenance for your air conditioner. Regular maintenance will help ensure your unit is working at optimal efficiency which will contribute to lower energy bills. At Shamrock, we recommend having your air conditioning system maintained and fine-tuned at the beginning of the cooling season before you turn your unit on for the first time.
If your energy bills have been steadily increasing and your unit hasn’t been serviced in the past year, contact Shamrock Heating & Cooling! Our experienced technicians will take a look at your air conditioner and see why your unit might not be running as optimally as possible. We know the Arizona heat demands top-notch air conditioning year-round and we are dedicated to keeping you cool through the worst of the summer heat.
Contact us today to schedule AC maintenance! We service Tempe, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Ahwatukee, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, and Glendale.