Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Perry can be a bear. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve put together some tips to help you out.

The greatest thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running dependably and efficiently, and Gillman Heating and Air can make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete 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 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 harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure accurate and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.

Another crucial piece to staying cool is routinely inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which may lead to untimely failure. Our Gillman Heating and Air 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 switch them out.

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

  • Look at thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
  • If it is cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the crisp air cool your house 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 routinely would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people seem to forget about when they’re attempting 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 house.
  • Try not to leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding heat into your home, but even normal 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 Gillman Heating and Air at call at 478-202-3076 or request an appointment with us online.