Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Dayton can be rough. But you don’t have to make a choice between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve assembled some tips to make it easy.

The best thing you can do to stay cool and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system running at its best and efficiently, and Jent Mechanical LLC is able to assist. 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 possibility of a longer life for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to operate harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of proper and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure proper system airflow.

Another crucial piece to keeping cool is consistently looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could increase energy expenses and damage your equipment, which could lead to early failure. Our Jent Mechanical LLC experts will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to change them out.

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

  • Inspect thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you cool when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
  • If you find yourself cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let nature cool your place 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 little higher than you regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type 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 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 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 Jent Mechanical LLC at call at 937-845-1111 or request an appointment with us online.