Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Grand Prairie 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 make it simple.

The top thing you can do to stay cool and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Bon Air Service Company can assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks noted 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 required. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of proper and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of proper system airflow.

Another crucial piece to staying cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy bills and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Bon Air Service Company experts will check 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 handul of other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:

  • Check thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • If it is 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.
  • Use fans to your advantage. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a little higher than you normally 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. Be sure 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 house.
  • Try not to leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven put heat into your home, but even normal activities like watching TV, working on the computer, and drying or curling your hair can up the heat in your home.

If you’d like additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Bon Air Service Company at call at 972-332-1028 or request an appointment with us online.