Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Genoa can be a bear. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.

The best thing you can do to stay comfy and ensure energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating reliably and efficiently, and Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do the following tasks suggested by ENERGY STAR and more:

  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors to be sure there’s safe operation of your system and the opportunity of a longer lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to run longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of proper and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.

Another critical piece to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Assured Appliance and Heating & Air experts will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to change them out.

Here are a few other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Inspect thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • If it is cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night air cool your house for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to retain the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
  • Use fans to your advantage. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a little higher than you normally would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re attempting to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Be sure to run yours when you shower as well as 20 minutes or longer after you’re done to remove the heat and humidity from your house.
  • Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven put heat into your home, but even routine activities like watching TV, working on the computer, and drying or curling your hair can increase the heat in your home.

If you’d like more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Assured Appliance and Heating & Air at call at 847-306-8990 or request an appointment with us online.