How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Scottsboro. If you’re like most people, you’re most likely trying 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 Southern Heating & Cooling Inc., we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. Use a programmable thermostat. Get full use 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. 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 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 noticing a difference 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 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 tuned up with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. Regular maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Scottsboro summer. Regular air conditioner service can help uncover and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be costly. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. If you’re looking 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 Scottsboro, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. at 256-574-1300 or use our handy 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.