How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Charlottesville. If you’re like most people, you’re probably striving to stay cool without resulting skyrocketing utility bills. Kids may love hitting the pool every day, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Beck Cohen, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it. Use a programmable thermostat. Maximize the benefits of your programmable thermostat, or think about 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 is effortless with a programmable thermostat. 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 spread 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 lowering 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 annual preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Regular maintenance can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Charlottesville summer. Regular air conditioner service can help reveal and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be costly. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. If you need 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. No one can control the weather in Charlottesville, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Beck Cohen at 434-296-0129 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.