Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Thedford can be brutal. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve compiled some tips to make it simple.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and ensure energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running dependably and efficiently, and Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning is here to assist. 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 lifecycle for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to operate more often to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure correct system airflow.

Another key to keeping cool is routinely inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning professionals will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to swap them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If it’s cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the crisp air cool your home for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to trap the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
  • Utilize fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you normally would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people seem to forget about when they’re trying 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 take care of the heat and humidity from your home.
  • Try not to leave 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 boost the heat in your home.

If you’d like extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 519-296-4437 or request an appointment with us online.