Summer weather in Chadron can be brutal. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve put together some tips to make it easy.
The best thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running reliably and efficiently, and MPC Heating & Cooling is able to make that simple. 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 chance of a longer lifecycle for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to run more often to do its job.
- Check system controls to make sure of proper and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.
Another critical piece to staying cool is routinely looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, leading to untimely failure. Our MPC Heating & Cooling pros will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to swap them out.
Here are a few other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:
- Check thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 retain 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 normally would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re working 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.
- Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven add heat into your home, but even routine 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 MPC Heating & Cooling at call at 308-832-4321 or request an appointment with us online.