Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Bartlesville can be rough. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve compiled some tips to make it simple.

The best thing you can do to stay comfortable and ensure energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and Farris Heating & Air is able to assist. 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 life for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. 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 ensure accurate system airflow.

Another critical piece to keeping cool is routinely checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may increase energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Farris Heating & Air experts will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to swap them out.

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

  • Check thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 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.
  • Use fans to your advantage. 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 type of fan people often forget about when they’re working to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Make certain 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Farris Heating & Air at call at 918-534-8194 or request an appointment with us online.