Summertime Tips for Cooling Your A/C Bills

June is going to be a hot one for us in Tucson.  Here are some ideas on how to not go broke with high AC bills:

  • Plant a leafy tree around your home’s exterior. This will provide shade for your home and planting them around or over your air conditioner could increase your AC’s efficiency by up to 10%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • It’s good to be comfortable so go ahead and lower your air conditioner’s thermostat setting to 76 to78 degrees Fahrenheit when you’re at home. Program your thermostat to a few degrees higher temperature at night or when you’re not at home. You can save 5% to 15% on your air-conditioning bills by raising the temperature setting when you’re away, according to the Department of Energy.
  • Use fans to help circulate the air in your house. Moving air will help keep you cooler by evaporating the sweat from your skin.
  • If possible, skip the stove-top boiling and oven baking by grilling or microwaving meals. After cooking, turn on the kitchen exhaust, and turn on the bathroom exhaust fan after a hot shower. By removing the heat and moisture at the source, you can reduce.
  • AC efficiency is mostly a function of the technology. Therefore keep the filter clean to allow for good air movement and keep the unit level so the condensation drains properly.
  • Put the AC fan speed on high, except on especially humid days, says the U.S. Department of Energy. On humid days, place the speed on low. The slower air movement through the air-condition equipment removes more moisture from the air, improving comfort in your home.
  • Window films are another option. They are transparent, metalized sheets that reflect heat before it can be transmitted through glass.
  • If you swap your older room air conditioner for a newer unit, you could reduce your energy costs by half, according to the Department of Energy. Look for a high-energy-efficiency ratio, or EER, or an Energy Star-qualified unit. Higher EER ratings mean a more efficient air conditioner. Energy Star refers to a system adopted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy to identify energy-efficient products.

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