Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Front Royal can be a bear. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve assembled some tips to help you out.

The best thing you can do to stay comfortable and ensure energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and Dave's Diversified Services is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform 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 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 operate 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 be sure of accurate system airflow.

Another critical piece to remaining cool is consistently looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to untimely failure. Our Dave's Diversified Services professionals will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to switch them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If it’s 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.
  • 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 type of fan people routinely forget about when they’re trying 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 house.
  • Work to not leave 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 up the heat in your home.

If you’d like more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Dave's Diversified Services at call at 540-369-3971 or request an appointment with us online.