Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Opelika 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 easy.

The greatest thing you can do to stay cool and ensure energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating at its best and efficiently, and Farnell Mechanical, Inc. can assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks suggested 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 chance of a longer lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of proper and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.

Another critical piece to remaining cool is consistently checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy costs and damage your equipment, which may lead to early failure. Our Farnell Mechanical, Inc. professionals will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to change them out.

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

  • Check thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 the night air cool your home for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to 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 tad higher than you normally would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people often 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 get rid of the heat and humidity from your home.
  • Work to not 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 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 Farnell Mechanical, Inc. at call at 334-245-4748 or request an appointment with us online.