How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Murrieta. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably trying to stay cool without spending a lot on 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 Cool Air Solutions, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money at the same time. 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. A programmable thermostat makes this so easy. 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 amplify the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to move 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 block a lot of heat that enters 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 in shape with regular preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Regular maintenance can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Murrieta summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be costly. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. When it’s time to replace your air conditioner, look for high SEER ratings and ENERGY STAR® certification. These indicate 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 Murrieta, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Cool Air Solutions at 951-676-2665 or use our convenient online scheduler and we can attend to any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.