Summer weather in Savage can be brutal. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve assembled some tips to make it easy.
The best thing you can do to stay cool and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning can assist. 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 life for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to work harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation.
- Look at refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.
Another critical piece to keeping cool is consistently inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to untimely failure. Our Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning pros will look at 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 change them out.
Here are some other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
- If you find yourself 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 retain the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
- Utilize fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a tad higher than you routinely would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people often forget about when they’re trying 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 routine 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 Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning at call at 952-373-0377 or request an appointment with us online.