How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in the Midlands. If you’re like most of us, you’re most likely trying to stay cool without spending a lot on skyrocketing utility bills. Sure, it’s fun to hit the pool and cool down sometimes, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Alltemp Comfort Services LLC, 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 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. It’s easy—just 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. 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 when the sun is at its hottest in the afternoons. This simple task will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s workload each day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner in shape with annual preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. This can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a the Midlands summer. Regular air conditioner service can help reveal 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 lot of money each year on cooling costs. No one can control the weather in the Midlands, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Alltemp Comfort Services LLC at 803-220-0753 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.