Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Mount Pleasant can be a bear. 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 make it simple.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and Olde Towne Heating & Air 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 make sure there’s safe operation of your system and the opportunity of a longer lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to work longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.

Another critical piece to staying cool is consistently inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to early failure. Our Olde Towne Heating & Air professionals will look at 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 change them out.

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

  • Look at thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you cool when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If it is cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let nature cool your home for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
  • Use fans to your advantage. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you routinely would without feeling 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Olde Towne Heating & Air at call at 843-485-0967 or request an appointment with us online.