What is Super Cooling? Essentially, super cooling is programming your air conditioning system to take advantage of on-peak/off-peak times from most utility providers. In our case, we are talking about APS. If you have a different electricity supplier, they will likely have a similar plan, but call them for details on times/rates. The idea is to cool the house down during off-peak (cheap) rates, and keep the system off as much as possible during on-peak (expensive) rates.
How do you do it? First, you need to call APS and get on the time advantage plan. Next, you need to have a programmable thermostat. If you don’t have one, we can help! Often times, the savings of super cooling a few months in the summer will more than pay for your new thermostat. If you already have a programmable thermostat, you need to pull out the instructions and see how to program it! Once your comfortable with how it functions, we will get into the nitty gritty…. waiting… waiting… okay lets go! You will want to choose one of the schedules below, depending on your dedication to saving green backs and how cold you like your house. That’s right, you have to decide if the house will be too COLD!
Schedules: Your off-peak weekday hours are from 7:01 pm until 11:59 am (17 hours). Your on-peak is from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm (7 hours). All you need to do is set your thermostat to 68-70 degrees during the off peak times, and 78-80 during the on peak times; as seen below. You want to make sure you have at least a 10 degree split between your on peak and off peak temperatures. On the weekends you can set it you whatever your preference is, since Saturday and Sunday are off-peak all day.
The next schedule is for people who cannot sleep at 68-70 degrees because it is too cold. The only change is instead of going to 70 at 7 pm, you cool at 7 pm to your desired sleeping temperature; we will use 75 for our example. Then, in the early hours of the morning (6-7 am), you begin cooling down to 68-70.