How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Asheville. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re most likely trying 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 1st Choice Service Group Inc, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money at the same time. 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. 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 make the most of 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 lowering your comfort. Close your curtains and blinds. You can avoid excess heat entering 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 daily workload. 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 avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Asheville 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 specify how efficient the equipment is and could help you save big each year on cooling costs. No one can control the weather in Asheville, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call 1st Choice Service Group Inc at 828-551-2913 or use our easy online scheduler and we can attend to any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.