As we say goodbye to the totally awesome 80’s, we’ll soon begin months of triple digit temperatures. With apologies to Young MC’s 1989 hit, the experts at Donley AC & Plumbing encourage consumers to bust these moves to save money and energy this summer:
The fastest way to save money is to use caulk or weather-stripping on your doors and windows. Not only will it cut energy costs but it will help keep out dust.
Keep blinds and drapes closed and install sunscreens to keep the heat out.
Run ceiling fans counter-clockwise
• During summer your fan’s blades should rotate counter-clockwise to blow air downward. And turn them off when no one’s in the room.
• Use bathroom fans while showing to reduce humidity and heat.
Avoid placing lamps, TV’s and appliances too close to thermostats because they can pick up the heat.
Change your air filter
Our dry, dusty climate can quickly clog your filter, which can lead to higher energy bills and more repairs. It’s a good idea to clean or replace your filter every month.
Set it and forget it
You won’t conserve energy by constantly changing the thermostat. Set it at the highest comfortable level and leave it. Or, try a programmable thermostat that will automatically adjust for times you are away and sleeping. Note: Keep your set back point 4 degrees or less when setting a programmable thermostat.
Keep doors inside you home open for consistent air pressure. Closing doors can make the A/C work harder.
Most common AC meltdowns include:
Loose parts, a broken belt, and a dying compressor can lead to banging, grinding and squealing sounds. The sooner you catch and repair, the better.
If it seems your AC runs a lot, but your home isn’t that cool it could be a sign that your unit is nearing a breakdown.
High Electrical Bills
• Exceptionally high bills can be a key indicator of AC trouble.
• Clogged filters and a damaged compressor can force the AC to work overtime and struggle to produce cold air.
Although the Environmental Protection Agency says the average air conditioner lasts 15 to 20 years, in Arizona we generally experience a shorter life span – closer to 12 to 15 years. Regardless of age, properly maintained units that are checked annually by qualified technicians last the longest and run the most efficiently during our summers.