8 Smart Ways to Save Air Conditioning Costs during San Diego’s Hottest Months
July’s rain was great fun, but now we are into the hottest weather here in San Diego. During August, September and October we get so many calls about malfunctioning air conditioners because people have not turned them on for 10 months! Family owned Perry Plumbing Heating and Air Conditioning Repair can not only repair your unit so you can sleep comfortably at night, we can get you on an affordable yearly program that will keep your unit in working order for its seven to 10-year lifespan.
Too many families report that their summer air conditioning bill is $600 to $800 monthly. This is very high. By making some smart steps, the highest monthly burden can be trimmed by $200. Getting an now will help you save not only money, but hassle. If one part is malfunctioning, this can affect other parts; thus, amounting to higher air condition repair costs or even a total replacement.
CAUGHT! Wasting Energy on Air Conditioning
Many of our customers follow a complaint about a high energy bill with a statement like, “Oh, but the kids always leave the windows open” or “Oh, but my wife likes to leave the air on during the day for the cat.” Our veterinarian tells us that cats can withstand heat into the 90s; but we think it’s adorable when they sleep in the sun after all! Kids just need to be made aware of costs which can happen by making them chip in on the monthly energy bill! (You may have noticed they HATE to spend their own money.)
These energy wasters push monthly bills up high enough to deprive you of a nice meal out or two.
- Leaking ducts. Due to more lax building codes for this aspect of the home, builders tend to skimp on the duct work. More often ducts are held in place with duct tape which dries, cracks and drops off over time. Finally, people closing ducts in certain rooms to save money actually end up damaging the ducts and creating leaks. Leaking ducts are the number one waster of energy in homes so focus on these first. Perry to seal these off with sturdy materials in an afternoon.
- Dirty air conditioner coils. Air conditioners contain metal coils that absorb the heat from your home and push it outside. When bacteria and contaminants land find a hospitable habitat on the typically moist coil, they form a slime city which actually insulates the coil, preventing it from doing its job. The air conditioner runs and runs but ineffectively. Homeowners push the thermostat down with no results. Energy is wasted with no benefit.
- Old sensors. When regulators go bad in an air conditioning unit, homeowners may be tempted to replace it with the most inexpensive options. These break down quickly. Durable, programmable sensors that cost a little more work better and last longer.
- Clogged Filters. Run your home’s air filters under a hose once each month and let them air dry. You can even have a spare set to immediately swap out the dirty and clean ones. Free air filters just keeps the entire system running effectively, using less energy.
- Turning Air Off and On Manually rather than Using a Programmable Thermostat. You think you will turn the air conditioning down when it is cool enough, but how often do you fail to get there until you are downright chilly? Having a programmable thermostat installed ensures temperatures remain even. In fact, research shows that programmable thermostats help homeowners save up to 30% in energy bills yearly.
CAUGHT! Saving Energy on Air Conditioning
- Keep Windows Open at Night: You may be surprised to learn that Perry Plumbing, Heating and Air solves marital and mother-son disputes every day . . . so long as they are over plumbing, heating or air conditioning. A big problem we hear about is the run-air-all-night versus open-windows-at-night one. When saving money is the priority, we go with open windows. Why? During the day, your home absorbs heat energy from the sun’s rays. When the night cools down the atmospheric air, the air in the walls releases to both inside and outside the house. With the windows closed, that hot air in the house becomes trapped, leaving the air conditioner a tougher job for the next day.
- Using Shade to Keep Sun Out: Do not let the sun warm up inside air. Keep it out with drapes and blinds. The sun heats room air up by 20 degrees if blinds are left open all day.
- Using Ceiling Fans with Air Conditioner: Starting at $40, ceiling fans are an economical way to mix hot and cool air so the air conditioner does not have to work as hard. Research has shown that homeowners save seven to ten percent of their cooling costs for each degree above 78. A ceiling fan alone makes occupants feel anywhere from 3 to 8 degrees cooler, a nice bump for the air condition. Electricity cost for the fan? One cent per hour.
Perry Plumbing Heating & Air Helps You Seal Up Your Home for Energy Savings
Are you facing another summer of $600 per month energy bills due to air conditioning use? Spend just $89 on Perry Plumbing, Heating and Air’s HVAC tune up to seal up ducts, check the coil, filter, regulators and much more! Our 5-star reviews on Yelp, Facebook and more reflect our 38 years of experience keeping San Diego homeowners comfortable. Call Perry Plumbing, Heating and Air at 619-472-2112 to discuss your water softener options. Do not forget to look at our plumbing coupons page for your chance to save on all plumbing repair and installation work!