As the temperature rises, so does your air conditioning expenses. To keep your air conditioning expenses under control you may be thinking, is it cheaper to leave your AC on all day in the summer in Santa Clarita?

It’s a widespread belief that turning your AC on and off throughout the day is inefficient. This is actually false.

Keeping your air conditioning running constantly means you’re not using it very efficiently. We recommend adjusting your thermostat higher when you’re out, and turning it back down when you come home. You can do this with a programmable thermostat. Or, a smart thermostat is able to do everything for you.

It’s considerably more taxing for your system to keep the same temp throughout the day. It can also cause a lot of stress on your equipment, since it’s repeatedly turning on and off.

So, on top of it increasing your energy bills, it can also lead to a reduced life span for your AC.

In any case, the bigger the difference between your home’s temperature and the outside temperature, the more your energy expenses will be. So, what can you do to stay cool and keep your electric bills low in the warm weather? Here are our ideas based on recommendations from the U.S Department of Energy (DOE) and ENERGY STAR®.

Six Methods to Enhance Your Air Conditioner’s Energy Efficiency

  1. Change Your Thermostat. The DOE says that you can conserve up to 10% annually on heating and cooling by turning up your thermostat 7-10 degrees while you’re out of the house. In the summer, it’s suggested to set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home and 88 degrees when you’re away. It’s additionally important to avoid setting your thermostat to a colder setting than usual when you turn on your AC. This doesn’t actually cool down your home any quicker, it just leads to bigger utility bills. While these temperatures could appear warm, there are additional methods to keep comfortable without having to always run the air conditioner.
  2. Take Advantage of Fans, Curtains and Blinds. ENERGY STAR says increasing the thermostat by a mere 2 degrees and turning on your ceiling fan can lessen energy by up to 14% over the course of the cooling season. It’s important to keep in mind that fans cool people, not rooms. So, when you exit the room, turn the fan off to save energy. Also, keeping blinds lowered and curtains closed throughout the day helps keep cool air inside. There are also some window treatments designed to deliver additional insulation and enhance energy efficiency.
  3. Properly Seal All Doors, Windows and Openings. Leaky openings throughout a residence allow for conditioned air to quickly get out and warmer air to get inside. This can result in your AC equipment needing to work harder to keep your residence cool and your AC bills to skyrocket. Check that any cracks, doors and windows are suitably sealed. Caulking or weather-stripping are quick fixes for leaks or drafts near windows and doors.
  4. Plan for Annual Maintenance. Scheduling air conditioner maintenance makes sure your air conditioner is always performing at its most efficient. This permits our experts to identify small issues before they turn into significant problems. A maintained air conditioner is typically more efficient and can even run for a longer period of time.
  5. Install a Smart Thermostat. One of the greatest methods to assure comfort and energy savings is with a smart thermostat. This thermostat instinctively adjusts the temperature based on your regular schedule. It works with your smartphone to know when you’re at home or elsewhere to optimize your efficiency. In fact, ENERGY STAR states that a smart thermostat could potentially save you about $180 every year on heating and cooling costs.
  6. Consider Replacing Your AC. You can anticipate a properly maintained AC unit to run for 15-20 years. But if you’re often calling us for air conditioning repair or your AC bills are skyrocketing with no change in thermostat settings, it could be time for a new system. We carry many energy-efficient air conditioners, such as ENERGY STAR models that can help you save more on cooling without trading comfort.

Increase Your Residence’s Energy Efficiency with Verona HVAC

No one likes to see their utility bill climb during the warmer months. If you’re looking for more ways to keep your energy consumption and costs low this summer, our pros can help. Get in touch with us at 818-306-3387 or contact us online right away for more info.