Summer weather in Bloomfield can be brutal. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.
The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and maintain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating reliably and efficiently, and Stanford Heating & Cooling is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks noted 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 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 longer to do its job.
- Check system controls to make sure of correct and safe operation.
- Look at refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to ensure proper system airflow.
Another crucial piece to remaining cool is routinely checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy bills and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our Stanford Heating & Cooling pros will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to change them out.
Here are some other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy 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 retain 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 noting any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people routinely forget about when they’re working 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 add heat into your home, but even everyday activities like watching TV, working on the computer, and drying or curling your hair can up the heat in your home.
If you’d like extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Stanford Heating & Cooling at call at 812-825-8695 or request an appointment with us online.