Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Alliance can be rough. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve assembled some tips to make it simple.

The best thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces 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 lifecycle for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to run more often to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure proper system airflow.

Another key to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could increase energy costs and damage your equipment, which may lead to early failure. Our Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces professionals will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to change them out.

Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:

  • Check thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you cool when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • If it’s cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night 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 regularly would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re trying to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Make certain 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.
  • Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces at call at 308-646-3827 or request an appointment with us online.