Summer weather in Odessa can be brutal. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility expenses. We’ve compiled some tips to make it simple.
The best thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system working at its best and efficiently, and Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning is able to assist. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll complete the following tasks suggested 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 lifecycle for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to work harder to do its job.
- Check system controls to ensure proper and safe operation.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to ensure proper system airflow.
Another crucial piece to remaining cool is regularly checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may raise energy expenses and damage your equipment, leading to early failure. Our Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning experts will look at 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 handul of other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:
- Look at thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 retain the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
- Utilize fans. 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 routinely forget about when they’re trying 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 get rid 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 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 extra ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 432-237-0168 or request an appointment with us online.