Summer has begun in earnest. Well, perhaps “earnest” is too soft a word. Summer has arrived with a vengeance. It has set its searing eyes on the Valley of the Sun, and we are all sweating (profusely) under its burning gaze. We are lucky if a day goes by during which the temperature doesn’t inch its way above 110-degrees. Such high temperatures have a number of unpleasant side effects. First off, it is really hot out. Which doesn’t feel great.This forces us to crank up the air conditioning which can cost a lot of money. Today, we are going to keep that energy bill down by offering a few crucial tips for summer energy savings.
- Start With a Tune-up
Your HVAC unit is what keeps you cool all summer long. Like any other complicated machine, it needs to be inspected and tuned up on a regular basis. Here in Phoenix, the best time for a tune-up is before summer begins. When the temperature rises above 100-degrees, your HVAC unit has to work overtime to keep you cool. At worst, this can cause a poorly maintained unit to break down. Even if your unit doesn’t break down, it could be running very inefficiently if it is not properly maintained, costing you money every month. If you are looking for foolproof ways to save money this summer, start with a tune-up.
- Consider you Comfort
What is the warmest temperature in which you can be comfortable? The higher your answer, the more money you are going to save this summer! Sure, no one is going to be comfortable living in a home that is always 95-degrees, but what about 80? By changing the setting on your air conditioner just a few degrees, you can net some big savings. How much is your comfort worth?