Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Lawrence can be a bear. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve put together some tips to make it easy.

The top thing you can do to stay cool and ensure energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating at its best and efficiently, and Scott Temperature is able to assist. 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 make sure there’s safe operation of your system and the opportunity of a longer lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to run more often to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure accurate and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure correct system airflow.

Another crucial piece to staying cool is consistently checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could boost energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Scott Temperature experts will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to swap them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
  • If you find yourself cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night air 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 noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people routinely 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 remove the heat and humidity from your home.
  • 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 routine 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 Scott Temperature at call at 785-269-0465 or request an appointment with us online.