Summer weather in Wausau can be a bear. But you don’t have to pick 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 comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and Gilray Heating and Cooling is able to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do the following tasks recommended by ENERGY STAR and more:
- Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors to ensure 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 need be. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
- Check system controls to be sure of accurate and safe operation.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to ensure accurate system airflow.
Another crucial piece to remaining cool is routinely checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could increase energy costs and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Gilray Heating and Cooling pros will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to switch them out.
Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:
- Check thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
- If you find yourself cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night air cool your house 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 tad higher than you normally would without noticing 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. Make 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 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 Gilray Heating and Cooling at call at 715-301-0727 or request an appointment with us online.