Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

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

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and WM J Kraus & Son is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete 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 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 operate more often to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of correct system airflow.

Another key to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy costs and damage your equipment, leading to untimely failure. Our WM J Kraus & Son pros will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to switch them out.

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

  • Check thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy 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 nature 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 normally would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people often 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 bathroom.
  • 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 more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give WM J Kraus & Son at call at 319-229-2318 or request an appointment with us online.