When it comes to saving on your cooling costs this summer, there are several ways in which you can reduce your home’s energy consumption. Homeowners in Asheville, NC, can create a more energy-efficient home with a few simple steps.

Maintain Your Central Air Conditioner

HVAC maintenance will prevent surprises during the hottest parts of the summer. Schedule regular air conditioner maintenance for your cooling equipment to optimize its operation through the hottest season. As a result, you’ll save energy, money and prevent costly breakdowns.

Set Ceiling Fans and Close Shades

Set your ceiling fans to rotate counterclockwise to create a wind-chill effect. To save energy, turn the fan off when you leave the room. You can make a room cooler by closing the blinds and curtains to avoid the heat from added sunlight. Also, move televisions and lamps away from the thermostat, as they give off heat.

Use a Programmable Thermostat

Keep your home warmer than usual by setting the thermostat higher; it can be as high as 78 degrees. Over time, your cooling costs will be lower. A programmable thermostat will help lower costs as well. You can set multiple cooling schedules for every day of the week to maximize efficiency and save.

Upgrade to a New Air Conditioner

Is it time to get a new air conditioner? If your unit is more than 10 years old, the answer may be yes. Newer models have much better energy-saving ratings.

Plant Trees Around the House

Trees offer shading from the sun that comes in from the windows. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, trees can boost your air conditioner’s efficiency significantly.

Give Gentry Heating, Inc. a call to schedule service or upgrade to a new air conditioner. With our help, you’ll be able to stay cool while saving money and enjoying your summer.

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