As temps increase and summer sets in, your energy bills will increase. In Scottsdale, the largest cause of these energy bill increases are due to your air conditioning expenses. Here are a few tips for reducing your energy bill in Scottsdale over the summer:

  1. Book Seasonal AC Maintenance

Giving your cooling system an annual tune-up before the high temps of summer set in can not identify issues and save you the expense and hassle of a midsummer breakdown, but it can help your system operate more efficiently and trim costs. Replacing your air filter will improve air circulation and help make your energy costs less expensive.

If your HVAC system is over 10 years old, spring is a great time to consider upgrading your equipment. Modern energy-saving technologies in updated AC systems will put money in your pocket by keeping your electricity bill down.

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  1. Try Other Methods to Cool Your Space

You can use less AC by using a ceiling fan to stay cool. Homeowners who use ceiling fans to stay cool can raise your thermostat settings by 2-5 degrees without any reductions in comfort.

Depending on the layout of your room, consider having your fan spin counterclockwise when it is warm out to drive and disperse cool air upward. Or, in more spacious rooms with unobstructed floor space, consider having your fan blow downward to force cooler air to spread out. Either way, ceiling fan usage will disperse cool air more evenly when you are in the room.

Lastly, keep blinds shut. Sunlight heats up interior spaces when it passes through windows. Keeping blinds closed and curtains drawn when you do not need a room to be sunny will cut your cooling costs substantially.

  1. Consider Getting a Rooftop Solar Installation

During the summertime, we all know that our city bakes under the bright desert sun. Your AC power demand is greatest during the middle of the day when the sun is at its brightest. However, Arizona is one of the top states for solar energy, and the output of a rooftop solar system will correlate nicely to your demand for air cooling.

Why not make the sun work for you and power your air conditioner rather than fight the effects of Arizona’s summer desert sunshine?

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  1. Turn to Your Thermostat

Did you know that setting your thermostat back 5–10 degrees for 8 hours a day can save you up to 10% on heating and cooling costs? Carefully using your thermostat to run the AC only when you need a cool space is the best way to lower energy bills in the summer.

By setting your thermostat as high as comfortably possible when you are inside, your energy costs will be cheaper.  By raising the temperature before leaving or switching it off temporarily when you are gone, you can avoid cooling an empty home. The differences between outside temperatures and indoor temperatures will be less significant and will require less cooling.

  1. Think About Getting a Smart Thermostat

Suppose that you have just left home and abruptly realize that you just forgot to turn up your thermostat. It then bugs you the whole day!

Smart thermostats learn from your habits and adjust your home’s temperature when you are gone. This helps you save on your bills. Most smart thermostats also come with smartphone apps that you can use to adjust your home’s temp from anywhere.

These pro suggestions will all help keep summer energy costs low. If you are interested in modernizing your thermostat or if you need AC maintenance, give us a call at (480) 531-8624 or contact us online. We are here to help you save money and get the best cooling for your space!

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