Summer weather in Crystal and Twin Cities can be a bear. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve compiled some tips to make it simple.
The best thing you can do to stay comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system operating at its best and efficiently, and GV Heating & Air is able to help. 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 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 run harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to be sure of proper and safe operation.
- Look at refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to ensure proper system airflow.
Another crucial piece to keeping cool is routinely inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our GV Heating & Air pros will inspect 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 switch them out.
Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable 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 crisp air cool your home for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
- Utilize fans. 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 kind of fan people seem to forget about when they’re attempting 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 house.
- Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven add 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 GV Heating & Air at call at 763-535-2000 or request an appointment with us online.