How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Greenville. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably striving to stay cool without resulting 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 Ken Parker Service Inc, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. 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. 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 circulate the air in your rooms. Ceiling fans allow 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 practice will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s daily workload. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner maintained with annual preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Regular maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Greenville summer. Regular air conditioner service can help reveal and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be expensive. 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. You may not be able to control the weather in Greenville, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Ken Parker Service Inc at 903-883-2829 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.