Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Hattiesburg can be a bear. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve assembled some tips to help you out.

The top thing you can do to stay comfortable and sustain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system working reliably and efficiently, and Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks noted by ENERGY STAR and more:

  • Tighten all electrical connections and measure voltage and current on motors to be sure there’s safe operation of your system and the possibility of a longer lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as required. Dirty coils require your system to run harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to be sure of proper and safe operation.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.

Another key to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can increase energy costs and damage your equipment, which could lead to untimely failure. Our Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning professionals will inspect 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 some other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:

  • Look at thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy 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 house for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to hold on to 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 routinely would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another style of fan people often forget about when they’re attempting 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 house.
  • Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven put 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 601-292-9763 or request an appointment with us online.