Should You Leave Your Air Conditioner on When You’re Not at Home?

If you’re like most homeowners, you dread summertime electricity bills. Air conditioning can drive up monthly costs by tens and even hundreds of dollars. While there is no way to get around using your air conditioner during the hot Arizona summer, there are ways to keep costs under control. One of those ways is to think strategically when it comes to when and how your use your air conditioner. This includes determining if it is more economical to keep your AC on or off while you’re away from home.

Should You Turn It Off?

Many homeowners wonder if it’s better to turn off their air conditioner while they’re at work all day. This is really a question of indoor climate control efficiency. Many believe that it is more economical to leave their air conditioner continuously on rather than jumpstart it upon returning home.

This is a myth that will be disproven by any experienced air conditioning professional. It’s a reality that leaving the air on all day results in a higher use of energy which can increase your monthly bill. The ongoing fluctuation to sustain a constant temperature is more taxing on an air conditioner than if you flipped on the system when you returned home. With more use, you’ll also decrease the lifespan of your air conditioning system. By turning your air conditioner off when you’re not home, you will see an immediate difference in your utility bill, as well as increase how long your system functions.

Other Cost-Saving Air Conditioner Tips

Along with turning off your system when you’re not home, there are other ways to reduce your energy consumption.

  • Lower your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home.
  • Use screens to shade your windows.
  • Add more plants around your home.
  • Turn on your ceiling fans.
  • Limit use of your oven and burners.

It’s also important to maintain your air conditioning unit’s efficiency with ongoing maintenance and proactive repairs. At Simply the Best, we’re here to keep you cool throughout the summer with expert service across the greater Phoenix area.

When Is It Time to Call for Air Conditioner Service?

Temperatures are heating up in the Valley, and it’s time to turn on the air conditioner. If you’re already experiencing cooling issues, you may be wondering if you should call an air conditioner service provider. Before you schedule a service call, there are some quick fix tips that may help you diagnose and solve your own air condition problem.

Thermostat

At the start of the summer season, we always get a flurry of service calls that are related to improper thermostat settings. It’s important to switch your thermostat to “Cool” and “Auto” if you want it to start cooling your home or business. If you have a digital thermostat, you’ll also want to check the time/date/room setting. If you’re not able to reconfigure the settings, it may be a battery issue within your thermostat. By simply changing your batteries, you can save yourself the aggravation and headache of an air conditioner service call.

Air Filter

In the desert, dust and debris quickly collects in air filters. We recommend changing out disposable air filters at least once a month. This will help your system run more efficiently and can even save you money on your monthly utility bills.

Check Your Circuit Breaker

Is your system not turning on at all? Before you assume that your air conditioner has broken, it’s worthwhile to try resetting the power to the unit. Often an air conditioner can trip a circuit breaker. To make the fix, flip the breaker to the off position and then on again. If your circuit breaker isn’t clearly labeled, ask your service technician to help you.

The Outside System Isn’t Working

If your air conditioner system isn’t working at all, you don’t want to take chances with trying to fix the problem yourself or by calling for outside help.  Instead, call us! At Simply the Best we specialize in cooling and heating services, as well as indoor air quality. Call us today to schedule an appointment at 480.361.8458.

Sleep Better at Night with a Preventive Maintenance Agreement

Hot weather is right around the corner. In Arizona, you just can’t take chances with an air conditioning system that isn’t properly maintained. A system breakdown can quickly lead to soaring interior temperatures and unexpected repair costs. As the old adage goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This certainly applies to cooling systems, particularly when temperatures begin climbing into the triple digits.

The Peace of Mind of a Well-Maintained AC System

Air conditioning systems require regular maintenance to run efficiently and effectively. A twice-yearly tune-up can save you money by greatly reducing the risk of costly breakdowns. It can also reduce your monthly utility bill. In the Phoenix metro area, cooling systems are used heavily during the summer months. Then, they go unused for several months during the short but surprisingly chilly winter. Without regular maintenance, the wear and tear can lead to a decreased lifespan of a system. As one the most important components of your Arizona home, it just doesn’t make sense to neglect the maintenance of your HVAC system

When to Schedule AC Maintenance

With an air conditioning maintenance plan, it’s your choice when you want to schedule tune-ups. With Simply the Best’s Gold Service Protection Plan, you even get preferred scheduling for your convenience. Ideally, HVAC systems units should be tuned up before the hot summer months begin and before you switch over to indoor heat in the winter. This will ensure that your system is functioning properly and will eliminate any uncomfortable surprises when it’s time to heat or cool your home.

During your tune-up, it’s also a good time to ask your technician any questions you have regarding your system. You can also get some cost-savings tips and ideas for maximizing energy efficiency. A few simple strategies can save you substantially! For example, sealing exterior gaps and spaces around your windows and doors can prevent cooling energy from escaping outdoors.

When Repairs Are Needed

During a tune-up, a problem or potential problem that requires repair may be found. Simply the Best Heating & Cooling technicians also keep their trucks well-stocked with heating and air conditioning system parts. In most cases, repairs can be made during the same visit. This eliminates the hassles of requiring multiple service calls, and most importantly, the surprise of discovering a system malfunction.

The return on your investment when you purchase a preventive maintenance agreement is significant when you add up the savings. From extending the life of your system and increasing energy efficiency to greatly reducing the need for costly and time-consuming service calls. Want to learn more? Call Simply the Best Heating & Cooling today at 480-361-8458.

Is Ductless Air Conditioning A Cost-Effective Option For You?

Is Ductless Air Conditioning A Cost-Effective Option For YouAs an alternative to central air systems and traditional window units, mini-split or ductless air conditioners are beginning to gain traction. The technology is relatively new and not every manufacturer sells them, but that is liable to change if they continue to grow in popularity.

While ductless AC’s are quieter and less intrusive than window units and can be less expensive and less difficult than installing central air conditioning in a home that does not have ducts, you can be assured, that you will not have to sacrifice cooling capacity if you choose the ductless option.

But is ductless air conditioning a cost-effective option for you? Continue reading

3 Air Conditioning Myths That Actually Waste Energy

3 Air Conditioning Myths That Waste Energy-Simply The Best ACYour air conditioning is an expensive, yet important necessity – especially out here in the AZ desert. We have come to depend on our AC for comfort and convenience but there is no denying that cooling systems gobble up a large amount of power. It is however, in everyone’s best interest to reduce consumption.

The following are a few persistent air conditioning myths that have gotten in the way of saving power and actually end up wasting energy. Continue reading