Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Pocatello can be rough. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.

The best thing you can do to stay comfy and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and Vogts Heating & Air is here to make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform 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 chance of a longer life for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to run longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure correct and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of accurate system airflow.

Another crucial piece to keeping cool is routinely looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Vogts Heating & Air professionals will inspect 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 switch them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • If it is cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night air cool your house 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 tad higher than you normally would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people often forget about when they’re attempting 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 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 put heat into your home, but even everyday 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Vogts Heating & Air at call at 208-621-0129 or request an appointment with us online.