Summertime high temperatures in Tucson exceed 90 degrees from May through September, and you depend on your air conditioning system for relief from the heat. Throughout the long, hot summer, your air conditioner will use a lot of electricity in order to cool your home. As your AC contractors, we offer these three tips to help you save money on your energy bills this summer.

Schedule a Tune-up

A spring tune-up of your air conditioning system improves its energy efficiency. Maintenance tasks, including cleaning the coils and condensate line, improve heat dissipation and humidity control. An annual tune-up of your air conditioner allows us to find small issues, such as a cracked bolt or worn part that could break later in the summer. Making small repairs now prevents comfort disruptions and avoids costly repairs later.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

If you’re still using a manual thermostat, upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat. With a programmable thermostat, you set up a daily schedule. You only have to program it once. If you want to make changes, you just do it on the touchscreen. Raising the temperature when you’re away at work or running errands for several hours lowers your home’s electricity use. A smart thermostat has algorithms that learn your schedule and optimize the cooling system’s cycles. They have apps, allowing you to control your home’s temperature through your smartphone.

Replace Old Equipment

Clogged air filters lower an air conditioner’s energy efficiency by up to 15 percent, explains the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership. Every one to two months, replace the dirty air filter with a new one. If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old and is not as effective as it used to be at cooling your home, consider replacing it.

To learn more about ways to lower your energy bills this summer, check out MVP Heating & Air Conditioning’s air conditioning services, or call us for more tips.

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