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3 Tips For Reducing Your Air Conditioner’s Energy Use

The hot Arizona summers can result in shockingly high electric bills. While modern air conditioning systems are much more efficient than older models, even the newer ones use a lot of electricity to cool a home. The good news is that there are several ways that homeowners can reduce the amount of energy that an air conditioning unit uses.

Programmable Thermostat

Modern thermostats have features that weren’t even imagined in past decades. Programmable thermostats are inexpensive, easy to install and are packed with useful features. Having the ability to adjust the temperature in the home at different times of the day can result in significant savings. Allowing the home to warm a little during the daytime when no one is home or cutting off the air conditioning to bedrooms that are not in use can result in significant savings over time.

Using Shade

Shade just isn’t important for your home and porches. Having your air conditioning unit placed in a shady area can result in significant energy savings. An air conditioning unit that is placed in direct sunlight will have to work harder to cool the air than one placed in the shade. While it is not always possible to place an HVAC unit in a shady spot, it should be done whenever possible. Though shady locations are good, it is important nothing blocks the air flow from reaching the unit.

Regular Cleanings

Air conditioning units, duct work and other cooling components will become dirty over time. Dirty components will make the system work less efficiently as it makes the system work harder to cool air and move air. The frequently dusty Phoenix air can result in sediments all over any exposed surface. Having a system checked and cleaned on a regular basis, at least annually, can help assure that it is work properly.

Whether you need a new system, repairs, cleanings or other services, Arizona’s Dukes of Air are ready to help your home become more comfortable. We serve the entire Phoenix metro market including Mesa, Queen Creek, Chandler and Tempe.