Summer weather in Saint Petersburg can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve assembled some tips to make it easy.
The best thing you can do to stay comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running dependably and efficiently, and Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can 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 be sure there’s 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 needed. Dirty coils require your system to work longer to do its job.
- Check system controls to be sure of proper and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.
Another critical piece to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc experts 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 change them out.
Here are a few other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:
- Check thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy 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 retain 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 little higher than you routinely would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people routinely forget about when they’re attempting 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 get rid of the heat and humidity from your home.
- Try not to leave 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 boost the heat in your home.
If you’d like more 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.