For quite a lot of Scottsdale tenants, heating and cooling bills make up over half of a household’s total utility expenses. In warm weather months, constantly using air conditioning can surely drive up costs and take money away from many more important things. This makes it essential to do what you can to continue and make sure utilities as low as possible.
As the property owner, accomplishing basic maintenance on your air conditioning unit and obeying various simple yet effective techniques, you should be able to optimize your air conditioning system and keep your utility bills under control altogether.
Among the most effective ways to increase your air conditioning unit’s efficiency is to clean it well for at least once a year. If your unit sits on the ground, make it a point to clear away any leaves or debris that may have fallen on or around it. It’s indeed a very good idea to clean your unit’s condenser coils and your drain line or have a professional come in and do it all for you. Most air conditioning units have a drain by the indoor cooling coil, which generally, could be spotted near your furnace. You can simply clear it by pouring one cup of bleach down the drain and then rinsing it with a gallon of water.
Another really helpful way of optimizing your air conditioning system is to make airflow more efficient. A good first step is to clear items away from your indoor vents and vacuum them out. This will keep your AC system doing a better job of distributing cold air in every part of the house. It may additionally help to keep your interior doors open and adjust the vents in any rooms that are not used daily. To securely keep the cold air inside, close your blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day. Likewise, check that you have good quality weather-stripping around each door and window. This will prevent air leaks and keep the cold air circulating inside the house where it’s much needed.
You can also effectively keep your air conditioning system from working harder than it should be. Raising your thermostat setting by two or three degrees can ease the strain on your air conditioning unit. Most experts recommend having it at 78 degrees when you are at home, and a bit higher when you’re gone. Additionally, using a fan with your air conditioning can support and help circulate the air faster and produce a wonderful cooling breeze. Frequently making use of a ceiling fan or table fan in some rooms can help to boost your air conditioning unit’s functionality and maintain a comfortable temperature.
In closing, let’s not forget to mention about avoiding adding extra sources of heat to your home’s interior. Cooking, using the oven, or running the clothes dryer can surely all heat up your house. If you use these appliances during the hottest parts of the day, it will force your air conditioning unit to work even harder. Within the warmest months, try to use your appliances either in the morning or at night. This will aid your air conditioner to work more effectively and keep your house cool all day long. If you do need to cook, use your exhaust fan to pull the heat out of the house or a floor fan to help it disperse. Doing so might help secure your kitchen from turning out to be the hottest part of the house.
By following a few simple strategies and performing regular maintenance, you can optimize your air conditioning system and keep your utility costs down all summer long.
At Real Property Management East Valley, we make sure to keep all of our rentals (including their air conditioning) in tip-top shape. If you’re interested in talking to a Scottsdale property manager, contact us online or call us at 480-658-0869.
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