Summer weather in Winnipeg can be brutal. But you don’t have to choose between being comfortably cool and saving money on your utility bills. We’ve put together some tips to make it easy.
The top thing you can do to stay cool and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® says keeping your system working at its best and efficiently, and Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning can 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 be sure there’s safe operation of your system and the chance 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 work more often to do its job.
- Check system controls to be sure of correct and safe operation.
- Check refrigerant levels.
- Clean and adjust blower components to assure accurate system airflow.
Another critical piece to staying cool is regularly checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter may increase energy bills and damage your equipment, which may lead to early failure. Our Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning pros will inspect these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to check the manufacturer’s recommendations to set up your own schedule to change them out.
Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:
- Look at thermostat settings to ensure your air conditioner keeps you comfy when you are home and saves energy while you are gone.
- If it’s cool at night, you can turn off your air conditioner and open your windows. Let the night air cool your place 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 little higher than you routinely would without feeling any changes in your comfort level.
- Another style of fan people often forget about when they’re trying to keep cool is their bathroom ventilation fan. Make certain 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 normal 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 Kirkfield Heating & Air Conditioning at call at 204-272-8128 or request an appointment with us online.