3 Hacks to Keep Your A/C Bill Down 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 keep your A/C bill down this summer.
1.) Add a Programmable Thermostat: 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.
2.) Replace Your Air Filters: 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. Replace disposable air filters or clean permanent ones at least once a month.
3.) Seal Your 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.
Just because the heat is rising doesn’t mean your air conditioning bill has to too. Utilize these 3 hacks to keep your A/C bill down this summer, and contact Crystal Creek Builders today and ask about our energy efficient Health Smart Homes™.
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