Summer weather in New Castle can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve assembled some tips to make it easy.
The best thing you can do to stay comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and Central Heating & Plumbing is here to make that simple. 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 life for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to run harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to make sure of proper and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.
Another critical piece to keeping cool is consistently looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Central Heating & Plumbing experts will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to switch them out.
Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 place for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to trap the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
- Utilize fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a tad higher than you normally would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
- Another type of fan people routinely forget about when they’re attempting 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 remove the heat and humidity from your house.
- Avoid leaving 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 boost the heat in your home.
If you’d like extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Central Heating & Plumbing at call at 724-401-1843 or request an appointment with us online.