Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

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

The best thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Davis Heating & Air Conditioning is able to assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete 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 possibility 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 work more often 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 accurate system airflow.

Another crucial piece to keeping cool is routinely looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Davis Heating & Air Conditioning experts will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to swap them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 nature cool your place for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to trap 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 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 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 remove the heat and humidity from your bathroom.
  • Avoid leaving 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 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 Davis Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 540-369-3790 or request an appointment with us online.