Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Moline 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 compiled some tips to help you out.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do 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 life 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 proper and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.

Another crucial piece to staying cool is routinely checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Freed Heating & Air Conditioning 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 swap them out.

Here are some other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:

  • Inspect thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If it is 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 tad higher than you routinely would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people often 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 house.
  • 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 normal 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 Freed Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 309-323-9584 or request an appointment with us online.