Summer weather in Lexington 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 greatest thing you can do to stay cool and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running dependably and efficiently, and James Heating & A/C, Inc can assist. 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 ensure safe operation of your system and the opportunity of a longer lifecycle for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to run longer to do its job.
- Check system controls to make sure of correct and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure correct system airflow.
Another key to staying cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy costs and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our James Heating & A/C, Inc professionals will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to change them out.
Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy 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 night air cool your home 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 bit 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 remove 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 add 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc at call at 336-853-6070 or request an appointment with us online.