Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Alice can be a bear. 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 easy.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and Rescue Heating & Air can make that simple. 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 ensure safe operation of your system and the opportunity of a longer lifecycle for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to work longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of accurate system airflow.

Another key to staying cool is regularly checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Rescue Heating & Air experts will check 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 swap them out.

Here are a few other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Check thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy 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 nature 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.
  • Take advantage of fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you normally would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people often 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 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 normal 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 Rescue Heating & Air at call at 361-265-4371 or request an appointment with us online.