How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Lexington. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably striving to stay cool without spending a lot on skyrocketing utility bills. Kids may love hitting the pool every day, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At James Heating & A/C, Inc, we’ve gathered some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. Use a programmable thermostat. Maximize the benefits of your programmable thermostat, or contemplate installing one if you haven’t already. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can save up to 10 percent a year on your heating and cooling bills when you set your thermostat back 7 – 10 degrees for eight hours a day. This takes virtually no time with a programmable thermostat. It’s easy—just program it to run at a higher temperature during the times you’re away and adjust to a cooler temperature when you will be home. Circulate cool air with fans. You can maximize the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to circulate the air in your rooms. With the help of a ceiling fan, you can raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple of degrees without noticing a difference in your comfort. Close your curtains and blinds. You can block a lot of heat that enters your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed during peak sunshine hours in the afternoons. This easy routine will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s workload each day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner in shape with annual preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Lexington summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be expensive. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. When it’s time to replace your air conditioner, look for high SEER ratings and ENERGY STAR® certification. These specify how efficient the equipment is and could help you save a lot of money each year on cooling costs. You can’t control the weather in Lexington, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call James Heating & A/C, Inc at 336-853-6070 or use our handy online scheduler and we can address any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.