Summer weather in Omaha 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 simple.
The best thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating reliably and efficiently, and Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning is able to make that simple. 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 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 need be. Dirty coils require your system to operate harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to ensure accurate and safe operation.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.
Another key to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning professionals will look at 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 swap them out.
Here are a few other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you cool when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
- If you find yourself 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.
- Utilize fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you normally would without feeling 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 bathroom.
- Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven put heat into your home, but even normal 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 Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 402-509-5940 or request an appointment with us online.