Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in McMurray can be rough. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.

The best thing you can do to stay comfortable and maintain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is here to make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do 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 lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure correct and safe operation.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure correct system airflow.

Another crucial piece to keeping cool is routinely looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing pros will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to swap them out.

Here are a few other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:

  • Look at thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If it’s cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the crisp air cool your place 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 regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people often forget about when they’re working to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Make sure 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 bathroom.
  • 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 increase the heat in your home.

If you’d like extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing at call at 724-370-0141 or request an appointment with us online.