Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Middletown can be a bear. But you don’t have to choose 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 comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working at its best and efficiently, and SchagrinGAS Company can help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do 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 chance of a longer life for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of proper system airflow.

Another key to remaining cool is consistently checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy expenses and damage your equipment, which may lead to untimely failure. Our SchagrinGAS Company pros will inspect 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 change them out.

Here are some 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 away.
  • If it is cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night 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.
  • Use fans to your advantage. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a little higher than you normally would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people routinely forget about when they’re attempting 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 remove 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 everyday 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 more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give SchagrinGAS Company at call at 302-231-1380 or request an appointment with us online.