Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Circleville can be brutal. 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 top thing you can do to stay comfortable and ensure energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating dependably and efficiently, and Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc is able to make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do the following tasks recommended by ENERGY STAR and more:

  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors to ensure safe operation of your system and the possibility 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 harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.

Another critical piece to staying cool is consistently looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc pros will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to switch them out.

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

  • Check thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • 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 trap 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 regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people often 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 get rid of the heat and humidity from your bathroom.
  • Try not to leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven add heat into your home, but even everyday 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Stephen Hurst Pack Heating and Cooling, Inc at call at 740-474-5940 or request an appointment with us online.