Thanks to inflation and soaring energy prices, it could cost you more to stay cool and comfortable this summer. While we certainly don’t recommend going without air conditioning altogether, there are some AC features that can save you money in terms of lower energy usage. Let’s take a look at a few and then we’ll give you some other ways to cut your cooling costs so you can still stay cool affordably even during the hottest months of the year.
4 AC Features That Can Save You Money On Your Energy Bill
#1: An AC Unit With a High SEER
SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio and is one of the most important AC features to consider. In general, the higher the SEER rating of an AC unit, the more efficient it is and the less energy it will use for cooling functions on a daily basis.
At Team AIR-zona, we’re proud to be a Factory Authorized Dealer of Bryant heating and air conditioning systems. That means we have some of the highest quality, most affordable AC units that also come with a high SEER rating. Some models, such as the Evolution™ Extreme 26 Variable-Speed Air Conditioner, even have a SEER rating as high as 26!
#2: Two-Stage Cooling
Another one of the most important AC features to consider is the type of compressor the AC unit has. Some of the most efficient models use two-stage cooling with a variable-speed compressor. That means rather than operating at 100% capacity 100% of the time, they can adjust compressor speed to match the load requirement at any given time. This uses less energy, increases efficiency, and saves you money!
#3: Smart Thermostat
Studies have shown that raising the thermostat temperature just a few degrees for a good portion of the day can help you save a significant amount of money on energy. When you use a smart thermostat, you can easily set your AC to be at a higher temperature during the day when no one is home and then cool down just before everyone returns home for the evening.
#4: Regular Maintenance
Okay, we’ll admit it. This one isn’t really an AC feature that will save you money but it IS a habit that will save you money. That’s because AC systems that are maintained on a regular basis will function more efficiently than those that aren’t. And, higher efficiency equates to less energy used and a lower electric bill.
What does regular AC maintenance include? Typically, electrical connections are inspected, air filters are cleaned or replaced, condenser coils are cleaned, refrigerant levels are checked, and more.
When you hire your local HVAC company to do routine AC maintenance, you’ll help your system last longer, run more efficiently, and possibly even prevent the need for major AC repairs. That last one is especially important because an air conditioner breakdown on the hottest day of the year is no joke!
Other Affordable Ways to Stay Cool This Summer
Having a high-efficiency, properly functioning AC system is just part of the equation when it comes to staying cool and not spending a fortune to do it. Here are some other money-saving tips that will help protect your budget while you stay comfortable:
- Close your blinds or curtains during the hottest parts of the day.
- Make sure windows and doors are well insulated so cool air doesn’t escape.
- Position your thermostat away from hot windows. If it’s too close to a major heat source like a large window, the thermostat may think the room is hotter than it is and cause your AC to run more frequently.
- Use ceiling fans or other portable fans when necessary. The extra airflow could make you feel cooler and enable you to leave your thermostat at a higher temperature.
Whether you’re looking for a new AC system or repairs and maintenance to an existing one, our expert HVAC technicians can help! With over two decades of experience in the HVAC industry, we have the experience, expertise, and products to help you save money and stay comfortable all year long. Contact us today to learn more about our products and services or to schedule an appointment!