Tips to Help You Stay Cool and Energy Efficient Throughout Summer

August 17, 2017

Summer weather in Beaverton 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 make it easy.

The top thing you can do to stay comfy and sustain energy efficiency is by tending to your air conditioner. ENERGY STAR® recommends keeping your system working dependably and efficiently, and Garoken Energy Co. Inc. is able to help. During an AC tune-up appointment, we’ll perform the following tasks recommended 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 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 run harder to do its job.
  • Check system controls to ensure correct and safe operation.
  • Check refrigerant levels.
  • Clean and adjust blower components to ensure correct system airflow.

Another crucial piece to remaining cool is consistently checking your air conditioner’s air filter. A dirty filter can boost energy expenses and damage your equipment, which may lead to premature failure. Our Garoken Energy Co. Inc. pros will check these for you at your tune-up appointment, but you’ll want to take a look at the manufacturer’s recommendations to arrange your own schedule to change them out.

Here are a handul of other tips to keep your home comfortable and energy-efficient:

  • Check thermostat settings to make sure your air conditioner keeps you cool 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 nature cool your home for you! In the morning, shut your windows and window coverings to trap 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 normally would without noticing any changes in your comfort level.
  • Another type of fan people routinely forget about when they’re trying 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 house.
  • Work to not leave 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 up the heat in your home.

If you’d like more ideas on how to keep your home cool and energy efficient this summer, give Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at call at 503-374-1934 or request an appointment with us online.