Summer weather in Albuquerque can be brutal. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve compiled some tips to make it simple.
The top thing you can do to stay cool and ensure energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system operating reliably and efficiently, and I-Deal HVAC can assist. 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 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 required. Dirty coils require your system to operate longer to do its job.
- Check system controls to ensure correct and safe operation.
- Inspect refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of accurate system airflow.
Another crucial piece to remaining cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may increase energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our I-Deal HVAC experts will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to swap them out.
Here are some other tips to keep your home comfy and energy-efficient:
- Inspect thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are away.
- If it is 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 hold on to the cool air and block the sun’s heat.
- Utilize fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you routinely would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
- Another kind of fan people seem to forget about when they’re trying to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Make sure to run yours when you shower as well as 20 minutes or longer after you’re done to remove the heat and humidity from your home.
- Try not to leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding 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 I-Deal HVAC at call at 505-445-1250 or request an appointment with us online.