Summer weather in Fort Lauderdale 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 assembled some tips to help you out.
The top thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system operating dependably and efficiently, and Solar Air Inc. 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 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 required. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
- Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation.
- Look at refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of proper system airflow.
Another critical piece to staying cool is routinely checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Solar Air Inc. 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 some other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:
- Look at thermostat settings to ensure 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 night air cool your house 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 tad higher than you regularly would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
- Another type of fan people seem to forget about when they’re trying 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 remove 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 increase the heat in your home.
If you’d like more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Solar Air Inc. at call at 954-320-7398 or request an appointment with us online.