Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Lafayette 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 assembled some tips to help you out.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and AC Sales is able to make that simple. 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 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 operate harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of proper and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of proper system airflow.

Another key to staying cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our AC Sales professionals will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to switch them out.

Here are some other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Check thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
  • 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 bit higher than you regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people routinely 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 take care of the heat and humidity from your bathroom.
  • Try not to leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding heat into your home, but even routine 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 AC Sales at call at (337) 234-2345 or request an appointment with us online.