Summer weather in Bend can be a bear. 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 make it simple.
The top thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating at its best and efficiently, and Tri County Climate Control LLC is able to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do the following tasks noted 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 lifecycle 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 proper and safe operation.
- Look at refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of accurate system airflow.
Another key to remaining cool is consistently looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can raise energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Tri County Climate Control LLC pros will inspect 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 few other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:
- Look at thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
- If it is cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night air cool your home for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to 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 regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
- Another kind of fan people seem to 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 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 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 Tri County Climate Control LLC at call at 541-238-2797 or request an appointment with us online.