Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

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

The top thing you can do to stay comfortable and ensure energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning is able to help. 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 run harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure correct and safe operation.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.

Another critical piece to staying cool is consistently checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could increase energy bills and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning experts will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to switch them out.

Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Inspect thermostat settings to ensure 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 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 bit higher than you normally would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people often 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 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 put heat into your home, but even routine activities like watching TV, working on the computer, and drying or curling your hair can increase the heat in your home.

If you’d like extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 610-257-7035 or request an appointment with us online.