Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Shelby can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve put together some tips to help you out.

The top thing you can do to stay comfortable and ensure energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working at its best and efficiently, and Hopper Heating and Air can make that simple. 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 ensure safe operation of your system and the possibility of a longer lifespan 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 correct and safe operation.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.

Another key to keeping cool is consistently inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to early failure. Our Hopper Heating and Air professionals 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 swap them out.

Here are a few other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Look at thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • 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.
  • Take advantage of fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you routinely would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people often forget about when they’re trying 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 home.
  • Avoid leaving 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 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 Hopper Heating and Air at call at 704-233-7363 or request an appointment with us online.