Summer weather in Oxford can be brutal. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve compiled some tips to make it easy.
The best thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working at its best and efficiently, and Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc is here 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 make sure there’s safe operation of your system and the chance of a longer lifecycle for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to work harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to make sure of correct and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.
Another key to staying cool is routinely inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc pros will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to swap them out.
Here are some other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:
- Look at thermostat settings to ensure 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 crisp air cool your place for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to trap 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 tad higher than you regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re attempting 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 house.
- 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 routine 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 more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc at call at 662-281-1231 or request an appointment with us online.