Keeping Cool On A Budget: A Checklist for HVAC Efficiency

Every year it seems like you have to spend more money to ensure your home is both comfortable and cool, and if you’re on of those poor souls that live in one of the hotter areas of the world, you know that going without AC isn’t an option. Thankfully there are affordable ways to manage your environment and give your air conditioning system an edge in efficiency. This summer when you’re trying to keep cool, remember these important steps!

1 – Avoid Heating Your Thermostat – Your thermostat should be in a cool area out of direct sunlight and other forms of heat both natural and artificial. If the thermostat is hot, the AC thinks your house is hot and will continue to try to cool an already comfortable home.

2 – Keep Your Air Filter Clean – AC filters don’t work as well if they’re clogged up, and during the summer the air is rife with dust and particles, including allergens. So ensure that you check it regularly, at least once a month, and replace it if necessary.

3 – Tune up Your System Regularly – Once or twice a year you’re going to want to bring in an HVAC professional to ensure that your system is properly calibrated. This will both aid your system in properly heating and cooling your home, as well as catching any possible issues that may need repair.

4 – Increase Your Minimum Temperature – Every degree that you set your thermostat below 78 degrees leads to an 8% increase in the amount of energy your system uses. Keeping your thermostat as close to 78 as you can manage will lead to big savings on your energy bill.

Companies like the Goettl Brothers have been providing services to homes and businesses just like yours since 1939. With their location in the SW desert, they understand what it means to face a hot and intolerable summer with a broken or malfunctioning air conditioner. Recently the company has been sold to ARS/Rescue Rooter, a Tempe-based Firm that has moved its base of operations from Phoenix to Tempe. While it may be under new ownership, it will remain under the leadership of Dan Burke, former Goettl President.


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