Summer weather in Hodgenville can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve put together some tips to help you out.
The top thing you can do to stay comfy and ensure energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Phelps Heating & Cooling is here to help. 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 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 be sure of proper and safe operation.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of correct system airflow.
Another critical piece to staying cool is regularly checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which may lead to untimely failure. Our Phelps Heating & Cooling professionals will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow 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:
- Check thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 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 tad higher than you regularly would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
- Another type of fan people often forget about when they’re trying 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 house.
- Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding heat into your home, but even everyday 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Phelps Heating & Cooling at call at 270-358-3167 or request an appointment with us online.