Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Excelsior Springs can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve assembled some tips to make it easy.

The best thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Colvin's Heating and Cooling can assist. 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 be sure there’s safe operation of your system and the possibility of a longer life for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to operate harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.

Another key to staying cool is regularly inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Colvin's Heating and Cooling professionals will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to switch them out.

Here are a few other tips to keep your home cool 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 gone.
  • If it’s 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 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 regularly would without noticing 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. Be sure to run yours when you shower as well as 20 minutes or longer after you’re done to get rid of the heat and humidity from your bathroom.
  • Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven add 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 more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Colvin's Heating and Cooling at call at 816-379-3918 or request an appointment with us online.