Summer weather in York can be a bear. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.
The greatest thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning 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 ensure safe operation of your system and the possibility 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 run harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to be sure of correct and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of proper system airflow.
Another critical piece to keeping cool is regularly inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could increase energy bills and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning experts 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 switch them out.
Here are some other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:
- Look at thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
- If it is 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 trap 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 little higher than you regularly would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
- Another type 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 take care of the heat and humidity from your home.
- Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven add 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Strine's Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 717-383-4479 or request an appointment with us online.