Summer weather in Kearney can be brutal. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve assembled some tips to make it easy.
The greatest thing you can do to stay comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system operating dependably and efficiently, and Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning is able to make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks recommended 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 life for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
- Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.
Another key to keeping cool is routinely checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may increase energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning professionals will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to switch them out.
Here are a handul of 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 you find yourself 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 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 normally would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
- Another type of fan people seem to forget about when they’re trying 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 house.
- Avoid leaving 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 boost the heat in your home.
If you’d like more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 308-624-3485 or request an appointment with us online.