Summer weather in Payson can be brutal. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve put together some tips to make it simple.
The top thing you can do to stay comfortable and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and North Mechanical Heating and Cooling can make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks suggested 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 opportunity of a longer lifespan for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to run longer to do its job.
- Check system controls to be sure of accurate and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.
Another critical piece to remaining cool is regularly inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could boost energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our North Mechanical Heating and Cooling 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 make your own schedule to swap them out.
Here are some other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:
- Check thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
- If it’s 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.
- Take advantage of fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you normally would without noting 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. 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.
- Try not to 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 boost the heat in your home.
If you’d like additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give North Mechanical Heating and Cooling at call at 928-263-8570 or request an appointment with us online.