Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Greater Richmond can be rough. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve put together some tips to help you out.

The top thing you can do to stay cool and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling is able to help. 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 ensure safe operation of your system and the chance 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 more often to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.

Another key to staying cool is regularly inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling experts will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to change 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 comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
  • If it is 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.
  • Take advantage of fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you regularly would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people seem to forget about when they’re working 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 house.
  • Try not to leave 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling at call at 804-302-6657 or request an appointment with us online.