Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Cedar Rapids can be a bear. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve compiled some tips to help you out.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Ilten's Incorporated can assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks recommended 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 lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to work longer to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure correct and safe operation.
  • Inspect refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to assure correct system airflow.

Another critical piece to keeping cool is regularly checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Ilten's Incorporated pros will inspect 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 handul of other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:

  • Look at thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
  • If it is 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 hold on to 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 regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people seem to forget about when they’re working 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 everyday 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Ilten's Incorporated at call at 319-208-3295 or request an appointment with us online.