With consistent 100 degree days looming on the horizon in southern Arizona, having your AC running at it’s best is an top priority! It’s important to be mindful of air conditioning maintenance…it can save you thousands this summer.
A great way to stay ahead of the game is by scheduling a seasonal tune-up for your AC unit; a reasonable tune-up fee is definitely less costly in the long run. Also be sure to take note of any changes in sounds coming from your AC unit. Something out of the ordinary can signal impending issues, similar to that of hearing odd noises from your car, and you’ll want to schedule a service call right away.
Homeowners should also consider setting home thermostats to the highest temperature of comfort. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, setting your thermostat to the recommended 78 degrees in the summer is a good starting point, but be sure to take your personal preferences and comfort level into account.
An easy way to reduce energy costs and maintain optimal performance is by turning the thermostat up a few degrees when you leave the house for the day. Many believe that it’s best to turn your AC completely off while away, but you can easily reduce cooling costs by simply turning your thermostat several degrees higher for eight hours a day. This allows the air conditioning system a head start on cooling the house back down when you need it most, rather than the unit working extra hard to cool things down if it was completely off.
Using a programmable thermostat can also help reduce your monthly costs by automatically adjusting temperatures for when you are typically away for the day and for when you’re home. Programming the thermostat to your personal schedule keeps you comfortable and can save you money.
Another easy, low-cost way to ensure you AC is functioning at it’s best is by regularly changing the filter. Air filters should be changed at least once every three months (and more often if you have allergies, pets, or its pollen season!) to keep your system running smoothly and to maintain optimal air quality.
We hope these tips will help you keep your AC running at it’s best so you stay nice and cool this summer!
Kristy & Andy McInnis Real Estate: (520) 256-0517