Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Carpentersville can be a bear. 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 servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system operating reliably and efficiently, and Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc is able to assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do the following tasks suggested 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 operate harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.

Another critical piece to keeping cool is routinely inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc experts will look at 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 handul of other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Inspect thermostat settings to be 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 nature cool your place for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to trap 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 noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people routinely forget about when they’re attempting to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Be 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 home.
  • Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding heat into your home, but even normal 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc at call at 224-412-8308 or request an appointment with us online.