How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service

We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in New Castle. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re most likely trying to stay cool without resulting skyrocketing utility bills. Sure, it’s fun to hit the pool and cool down sometimes, but you need your home to be comfortable too.

At Central Heating & Plumbing, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it.

Use a programmable thermostat. Take full advantage 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. 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’ll return.

Circulate cool air with fans. You can amplify the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to circulate the air in your rooms. Using ceiling fans enables you to 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 practice 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 maintained with annual preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a New Castle summer. Regular air conditioner service can help uncover and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be costly.

Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. If you’re looking 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 a lot of money each year on cooling costs.

You can’t control the weather in New Castle, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Central Heating & Plumbing at 724-658-7111 or use our easy 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.

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