Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Paso Robles can be brutal. 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 comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Paso Robles Heating and Air is here to assist. 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 ensure safe operation of your system and the opportunity of a longer lifespan 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 ensure correct and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.

Another crucial piece to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Paso Robles Heating and Air professionals will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to switch them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If you find yourself 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 little higher than you normally would without noting 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 take care 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 are adding heat into your home, but even normal activities like watching TV, working on the computer, and drying or curling your hair can increase the heat in your home.

If you’d like extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Paso Robles Heating and Air at call at 805-203-8667 or request an appointment with us online.