Summer weather in St. Louis can be a bear. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve compiled some tips to make it easy.
The top thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running dependably and efficiently, and Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do 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 opportunity of a longer lifecycle for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to operate harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to ensure accurate and safe operation.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure correct system airflow.
Another critical piece to keeping cool is regularly inspecting your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating pros will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to change them out.
Here are a few other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:
- Check thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfortable when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
- If it’s 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 retain 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 little higher than you routinely would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re trying to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Make certain 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.
- 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 normal 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 Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating at call at 314-262-4541 or request an appointment with us online.