Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in San Jose 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 make it simple.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and American HVAC Inc can make that simple. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform 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 lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to run longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure correct and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure correct system airflow.

Another critical piece to staying cool is routinely checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may boost energy costs and damage your equipment, which may lead to early failure. Our American HVAC Inc professionals will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to switch them out.

Here are a few other tips to keep your home comfy 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 night 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 routinely would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another kind 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 take care of the heat and humidity from your bathroom.
  • Try not to leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven put heat into your home, but even normal 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 American HVAC Inc at call at 408-215-1018 or request an appointment with us online.