Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Holdrege can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve assembled some tips to help you out.

The best thing you can do to stay comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and Durable Service 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 be sure there’s 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 run harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.

Another crucial piece to keeping cool is consistently checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may raise energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our Durable Service professionals will check 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:

  • Inspect thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you cool when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If it’s cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night air cool your house for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to retain 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 regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people routinely forget about when they’re working 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 take care of the heat and humidity from your house.
  • 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 routine activities like watching TV, working on the computer, and drying or curling your hair can boost the heat in your home.

If you’d like extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Durable Service at call at 308-995-8177 or request an appointment with us online.