Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Gresham can be a bear. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Honke Heating & AC is able to make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks suggested 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 lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to work more often to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of accurate and safe operation.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of correct system airflow.

Another crucial piece to staying cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy costs and damage your equipment, which may lead to untimely failure. Our Honke Heating & AC pros will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to swap them out.

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

  • Check 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 night air cool your place for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to 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 regularly would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re working 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 get rid of 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 routine activities like watching TV, working on the computer, and drying or curling your hair can boost the heat in your home.

If you’d like more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Honke Heating & AC at call at 503-663-8033 or request an appointment with us online.