Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Rochester can be rough. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. 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 tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Brogan Heating & AC Inc is here to assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks noted 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 opportunity of a longer lifecycle for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. 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 proper system airflow.

Another critical piece to keeping cool is routinely looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy costs and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Brogan Heating & AC 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 some other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:

  • Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If you find yourself cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let nature 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 little higher than you routinely would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people often forget about when they’re working to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Be sure 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 bathroom.
  • Avoid leaving 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 increase the heat in your home.

If you’d like more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Brogan Heating & AC Inc at call at 507-218-0088 or request an appointment with us online.