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Heating and Cooling Tips From Arizona Acclimated

 The heating and cooling of your Phoenix home or business consumes more energy than any other appliances that you have. The air conditioning and heating costs in a typical Phoenix home account for 43% of the utility bill.

No matter what kind of heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system you have in your Phoenix house, you can save money and increase your comfort by properly maintaining and upgrading your air conditioning equipment. But remember, an energy-efficient furnace alone will not have as great an impact on your energy bills as using the whole-house approach. By combining proper equipment maintenance and upgrades with appropriate insulation, air sealing, and thermostat settings, you can cut your energy use for heating and cooling, and reduce environmental emissions by 20% to 50%.

Heating and Cooling Tips

At Arizona Acclimated, we want to help you reduce your monthly utility costs in your Phoenix home or business. Here are some easy tips to lower those costs:
  • Set your thermostat as low as is comfortable in the winter and as high as is comfortable in the summer.
  • Clean or replace filters on furnaces once a month or as needed. Do not let them get dirty and plugged up.
  • Clean warm-air registers, baseboard heaters, and radiators as needed. Make sure they're not blocked by furniture, carpeting, or drapes.
  • Turn off kitchen, bath, and other exhaust fans within 20 minutes after you are done cooking or bathing. When replacing exhaust fans, consider installing high-efficiency, low-noise models.
  • During the heating season, keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during the day to allow the sunlight to enter your home and closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel from cold windows.
  • During the cooling season, keep the window coverings closed during the day to prevent solar gain.

Long-Term Energy Savings Tips

There are some things that you can do to reduce energy costs in your Phoenix home or business that will generate long term savings. Some of those suggestions are:
  • Select energy-efficient products when you buy new heating and cooling equipment. Your contractor should be able to give you energy fact sheets for different types, models, and designs to help you compare energy usage. For furnaces, look for high Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) ratings. The national minimum is 78% AFUE, but there are ENERGY STAR models on the market that exceed 90% AFUE.
  • For air conditioners, look for a high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The current minimum is 13 SEER for central air conditioners. ENERGY STAR models are 14 SEER or more.

Contact Arizona Acclimated

To learn more about some of the ways that you can conserve energy in your Phoenix home or business, turn to the experts at Arizona Acclimated. Call us today at 602-616-8044. You can also reach us with energy saving questions that you may have through the Contact Us page.