Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Stuart 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 put together some tips to make it simple.

The best thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Breathe Healthier Air can assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks recommended 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 chance 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 longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.

Another crucial piece to remaining cool is regularly inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to early failure. Our Breathe Healthier Air pros will inspect 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 change them out.

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

  • Check thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If you find yourself cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night air cool your place for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
  • Take advantage of fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a tad higher than you routinely would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re working to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Make 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 bathroom.
  • Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding heat into your home, but even routine 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Breathe Healthier Air at call at 772-600-7151 or request an appointment with us online.