Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Ballwin and St. Charles 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 put together some tips to help you out.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and ensure energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Air Alliance Team is here to assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks noted 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 possibility of a longer life for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure accurate and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.

Another key to remaining cool is consistently checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, which may lead to untimely failure. Our Air Alliance Team professionals will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to switch them out.

Here are some other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:

  • Look at thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy 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 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 normally would without feeling 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 remove the heat and humidity from your house.
  • Avoid leaving 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Air Alliance Team at call at 636-206-4250 or request an appointment with us online.