Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Ellsworth can be brutal. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve compiled some tips to make it easy.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC is here 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 opportunity of a longer life 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 be sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of proper system airflow.

Another critical piece to keeping cool is consistently inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC professionals will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to change them out.

Here are some other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:

  • Look at thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you cool when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
  • If you find yourself 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 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 regularly would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people often forget about when they’re working to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Be 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 home.
  • Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven add heat into your home, but even normal 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC at call at 715-318-6728 or request an appointment with us online.