Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Laguna Niguel can be rough. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve assembled some tips to make it easy.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by servicing your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system operating dependably and efficiently, and Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll do the following tasks suggested 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 opportunity 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 be sure of accurate system airflow.

Another critical piece to remaining cool is regularly checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may increase energy expenses and damage your equipment, leading to premature failure. Our Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating experts will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations to make your own schedule to change them out.

Here are some 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 away.
  • If it is 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.
  • Utilize fans. An ENERGY-STAR ceiling fan will allow you to set your thermostat a bit higher than you regularly would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people routinely forget about when they’re attempting 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 take care of the heat and humidity from your home.
  • Work to not leave lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven add 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating at call at 949-525-9119 or request an appointment with us online.