Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Rapid City can be brutal. But you don’t have to pick between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility costs. We’ve assembled some tips to help you out.

The greatest thing you can do to stay comfortable and maintain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system operating reliably and efficiently, and Street Heating and Cooling is here to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform 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 chance of a longer lifespan for major components.
  • Clean the air conditioner’s evaporator and condenser coils as needed. Dirty coils require your system to work more often to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure correct and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure proper system airflow.

Another critical piece to staying cool is regularly checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter could boost energy bills and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Street Heating and Cooling professionals will check 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 a handul of other tips to keep your home cool and energy-efficient:

  • Inspect thermostat settings to be sure your air conditioner keeps you cool when you are home and saves energy while you are not around.
  • If it’s cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let nature cool your home 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 little 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 bathroom.
  • Avoid leaving lights on and running many appliances on the hottest days. Obviously, your stovetop and oven are adding 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 additional ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Street Heating and Cooling at call at 605-206-3915 or request an appointment with us online.