Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Branchville can be brutal. But you don’t have to make a choice 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 comfy and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating reliably and efficiently, and Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. is able 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 make sure there’s safe operation of your system and the chance 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.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of proper system airflow.

Another key to staying cool is routinely inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may raise energy costs and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. pros will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to switch them out.

Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home comfortable 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 not around.
  • If it’s 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 retain 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 feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people routinely forget about when they’re trying 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 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 put heat into your home, but even everyday 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 Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. at call at 862-345-6896 or request an appointment with us online.