How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015Here in Winchester, we’re hitting the warmest months of the summer sun. This also means that you’re trying to find as many low-cost ways to stay cool as possible, even air conditioner service. Getting full use of your pool pass is nice, but sometimes you just want to be able to chill in your home, too. It may be the hottest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend exorbitant amounts on your cooling bills. Your HVAC experts at Thornberry Bros Inc are here to provide a couple tips on how to fully utilize your AC. Set your programmable thermostat. If you’re not taking advantage of all your programmable thermostat has to offer, you’re missing out on potential savings. In fact, Natural Resources Canada found that you may save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling just by lowering your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours every day. Set your thermostat to cool less when you’re away during the day and set it to turn it back on around the time you arrive home. Use fans to help circulate the air. Ceiling fans circulate the air in a room and help maximize the effect of your air conditioner. When a ceiling fan is utilized while the air conditioner is operating, you can actually turn up the temperature on your thermostat a couple degrees without sacrificing comfort. Keep curtains and blinds closed. A lot of heat can enter your home through your windows, so ensure your curtains, blinds and shades are closed during the hot afternoon hours. Even cutting down on the sunlight that comes into your home from noon to 5 p.m. can help keep your home a little cooler and take the workload off your AC. Set up an air conditioner service appointment. We couldn’t let this one slip by, but for good reason. Regular maintenance on your HVAC equipment can help ensure it works at its best efficiency all season. Plus, the last thing you want in Winchester in August is for the AC to stop working, and an air conditioner service visit can also catch small fixes before they become huge problems. Consider energy efficiency. Given that we’re almost through the summer months, you’re probably not looking to purchase a new AC right now. But when you are ready to swap out your equipment, look for Energy Star® certification and high SEER ratings, which can help you save hundreds of dollars a year on cooling costs. While you can’t control the environment in Winchester, you can control the comfort of your home. And with these nuggets, you might even save a few dollars while staying cool this summer. If your system just can’t compete, call Thornberry Bros Inc at 859-745-1564 or use our convenient online scheduler for any of your air conditioner service and repair needs.