Even though summer is coming to an end, September is still known for being a high energy use month. California weather is unpredictable, and temperatures can jump from the 70s to triple-digits on a dime. These shifts in temperature and generally high-temps can put extra strain on your air conditioner – and your utility bills. If you’re looking for ways to save on energy and money, there are three simple steps you can take to get started.
Step One: Keep Your AC at a Reasonable Temperature
For optimal energy efficiency and savings, experts recommend keeping your AC at 78 degrees during the summer. In the winter, set your thermostat between 68 and 72 degrees. Programmable thermostats are a great tool for maximizing energy savings. If you have a programmable thermostat, set the temperature higher when you won’t be there and have it cool down when you know you will be home. During winter months, keep it cool when you’re out and warmer while you’re home.
Step Two: Change Your Air Filters Regularly
Changing your air filters is a very simple and inexpensive way of maximizing your AC’s potential. Experts recommend that your AC filter should be changed at least once a month, or every 30 days. Plus, an added benefit of changing your air filters regularly is improved indoor air quality and fewer cold and allergy symptoms.
Step Three: Get Seasonal Tune-Ups on Your HVAC Unit
This step goes beyond saving you money on monthly utility bills. Regular, preventative maintenance will help you avoid expensive repairs and extend the life of your HVAC unit.
Like regular maintenance on a car, twice-yearly tune-ups on your AC and heating unit will have your system running at peak performance. Plus, regular maintenance prevents AC breakdowns that can leave you sweating through summer.
Get Started With Energy Efficiency Savings
Do you want to make your home more efficient but aren’t sure where to start? Contact Lee’s Air. We offer several energy efficiency opportunities, including thorough AC tune-ups and inspections. If you join our HVAC Membership Club, twice-yearly tune-ups are included in the plan. We also offer Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade plans to get you on the right track towards energy efficiency and savings. For all your HVAC needs, you can rely on Lee’s Air for quality service and expertise.