Summer weather in Laurel can be rough. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve put together some tips to make it easy.
The top thing you can do to stay cool and ensure energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running dependably and efficiently, and H&C Heating and Cooling can help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks noted 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 lifecycle for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to operate harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.
Another critical piece to remaining cool is routinely inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy bills and damage your equipment, leading to untimely failure. Our H&C Heating and Cooling experts will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to swap them out.
Here are some other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:
- Check thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy 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 crisp air cool your house 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 regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
- Another type of fan people seem to 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 normal 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give H&C Heating and Cooling at call at 301-960-3247 or request an appointment with us online.