Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Saint Petersburg can be brutal. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve assembled some tips to make it simple.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and maintain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system operating dependably and efficiently, and Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform 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 possibility of a longer lifecycle for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to work harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.

Another crucial piece to staying cool is consistently looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to early failure. Our Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc professionals will inspect 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 few other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Check 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 place for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to retain 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 little higher than you normally would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people often 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 get rid of the heat and humidity from your home.
  • Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven put heat into your home, but even everyday 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc at call at 727-369-6195 or request an appointment with us online.