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Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Sacramento can be rough. 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 make it easy.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and ensure energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and American HVAC Inc can assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks suggested 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 chance of a longer lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to work longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of accurate and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.

Another key to staying cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which may lead to early failure. Our American HVAC Inc professionals will check 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 few other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Check thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If it’s cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let nature 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 bit higher than you regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind of fan people routinely 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 take care of the heat and humidity from your home.
  • Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding 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 more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give American HVAC Inc at call at 916-243-6714 or request an appointment with us online.