Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Marshalltown can be a bear. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve put together some tips to make it simple.

The best thing you can do to stay comfy and maintain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Kapaun & Brown Inc. is able 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 lifespan 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.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.

Another key to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Kapaun & Brown Inc. professionals will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to change them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 the night 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 little higher than you normally would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people often forget about when they’re trying 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 remove the heat and humidity from your bathroom.
  • Work to not 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 up the heat in your home.

If you’d like additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Kapaun & Brown Inc. at call at 641-812-2028 or request an appointment with us online.