Summer weather in Lodi can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve put together some tips to make it easy.
The top thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system working at its best and efficiently, and Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks recommended 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 need be. Dirty coils require your system to run more often to do its job.
- Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.
Another key to remaining cool is routinely checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may increase energy bills and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning pros will look at 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 change them out.
Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
- 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.
- 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 kind of fan people seem to forget about when they’re working to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Make certain 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 bathroom.
- 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 more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning at call at 209-257-3156 or request an appointment with us online.