Summer weather in St. Cloud can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve put together some tips to make it simple.
The greatest thing you can do to stay cool and maintain energy efficiency is by maintaining your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® suggests keeping your system operating dependably and efficiently, and Osceola Air, LLC is here 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 ensure safe operation of your system and the opportunity of a longer lifecycle for major components.
- Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as need be. Dirty coils require your system to operate more often to do its job.
- Check system controls to be sure of correct and safe operation.
- Look at refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to be sure of correct system airflow.
Another key to staying cool is regularly looking at your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may raise energy bills and damage your equipment, which could lead to premature failure. Our Osceola Air, LLC pros will look at these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to switch them out.
Here are a few other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:
- Check thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
- 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 retain 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 tad higher than you normally would without noting any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people seem to forget about when they’re working 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 bathroom.
- 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 increase the heat in your home.
If you’d like more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Osceola Air, LLC at call at 407-477-6319 or request an appointment with us online.