Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Columbia 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 make it easy.

The greatest thing you can do to stay cool and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and Watts Electric & A/C Inc is here to 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 make sure there’s safe operation of your system and the opportunity of a longer life for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to work harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of accurate system airflow.

Another key to remaining cool is routinely inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may increase energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Watts Electric & A/C Inc 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 a few other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:

  • Check thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable 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 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 tad higher than you regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people seem to forget about when they’re working 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 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Watts Electric & A/C Inc at call at 601-736-7362 or request an appointment with us online.