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

We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Lexington. If you’re like most people, you’re probably striving to stay cool without having to spend a lot on skyrocketing utility bills. You can always hit the pool or check out a movie to get out of the heat, but you need your home to be comfortable too.

At Kelley Mechanical, 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 consider 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. All you have to do is 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 make the most of the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to spread 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 block a lot of heat that enters your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed in the afternoons when the sun is hottest. This easy routine 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 peak efficiency all summer. Regular maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Lexington 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. 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 substantial amount each year on cooling costs.

You can’t control the weather in Lexington, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Kelley Mechanical at 859-209-3003 or use our convenient 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.

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