Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Rapid City can be a bear. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve assembled some tips to help you out.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and Precision Mechanical is able 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 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 more often to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of proper and safe operation.
  • Look at refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.

Another crucial piece to remaining cool is routinely looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Precision Mechanical experts 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 some other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Inspect thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 the crisp air cool your place for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to 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 regularly would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people often forget about when they’re working 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 home.
  • 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 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 Precision Mechanical at call at 605-206-3766 or request an appointment with us online.