Summer weather in Los Angeles can be brutal. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.
The top thing you can do to stay cool and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system operating at its best and efficiently, and AZ Air Conditioning and Heating is here to assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks recommended by ENERGY STAR and more:
- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors to make sure there’s 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 required. Dirty coils require your system to work more often to do its job.
- Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of correct system airflow.
Another key to keeping cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our AZ Air Conditioning and Heating professionals will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to change them out.
Here are a few other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to be 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 house for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to retain 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 routinely would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
- Another kind of fan people routinely forget about when they’re trying 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.
- Work to not 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 more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give AZ Air Conditioning and Heating at call at 800-296-5088 or request an appointment with us online.