Summer weather in the Bay Area can be brutal. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve assembled some tips to make it simple.
The best thing you can do to stay comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and Contra Costa Heating & AC is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do 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 lifecycle for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to work more often to do its job.
- Check system controls to be sure of proper and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure correct system airflow.
Another crucial piece to keeping cool is consistently looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Contra Costa Heating & AC experts will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to switch them out.
Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:
- Check thermostat settings to make 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 crisp air cool your house for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to retain the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
- Utilize fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a tad higher than you regularly would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re attempting 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 bathroom.
- Try not to 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 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 Contra Costa Heating & AC at call at 510-343-9841 or request an appointment with us online.