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

We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Lake Forest. If you’re like most people, you’re undoubtedly striving 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 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc., we’ve gathered 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 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 takes virtually no time 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 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. Ceiling fans allow you to raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple of degrees without a decrease in your comfort.

Close your curtains and blinds. You can prevent heat from entering 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 daily workload.

Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner tuned up with annual preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. This can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Lake Forest 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 show how efficient the equipment is and could help you save a substantial amount each year on cooling costs.

No one can control the weather in Lake Forest, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. at 949-204-0859 or use our convenient 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.

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