How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Winchester. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re undoubtedly attempting to stay cool without having to spend a lot on skyrocketing utility bills. Kids may love hitting the pool every day, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Thornberry Bros Inc, we’ve pulled together 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. A programmable thermostat makes this so easy. Simply program it to run at a higher temperature during the times you’re away and adjust to a cooler temperature when you’ll return. Circulate cool air with fans. You can amplify the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to move 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 when the sun is at its hottest in the afternoons. This simple task will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s workload every day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner in shape with regular preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Regular maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Winchester summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be pricey. 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 indicate how efficient the equipment is and could help you save big each year on cooling costs. You may not be able to control the weather in Winchester, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Thornberry Bros Inc at 859-745-1564 or use our handy online scheduler and we can take care of any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.