Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Tuscaloosa can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.

The best thing you can do to stay comfy and ensure energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and KDM Service Corporation is able to 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 chance of a longer lifecycle for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to run harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to make sure of correct and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.

Another key to keeping cool is consistently inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could increase energy expenses and damage your equipment, leading to untimely failure. Our KDM Service Corporation professionals will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to change them out.

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

  • Look at thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
  • If it’s cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the crisp 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.
  • Utilize fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you regularly 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 take care of the heat and humidity from your home.
  • Try not to leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding heat into your home, but even routine 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 more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give KDM Service Corporation at call at 205-208-8090 or request an appointment with us online.