Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Hudsonville can be a bear. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve put together some tips to make it easy.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services is here to make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do 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 possibility 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 harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure accurate and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure proper system airflow.

Another key to keeping cool is routinely looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to early failure. Our West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services pros will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to switch them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
  • If it is cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the crisp air 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 bit higher than you regularly would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people often 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.
  • Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven add 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services at call at (616) 669-3961 or request an appointment with us online.