How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Pacheco. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably attempting 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 Clean Air HVAC, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money at the same time. 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 return. Circulate cool air with fans. You can make the most of the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to spread the air in your rooms. With the help of a ceiling fan, you can raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple of degrees without noticing a difference in 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 simple task 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 regular 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 Pacheco 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 need 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 substantial amount each year on cooling costs. No one can control the weather in Pacheco, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Clean Air HVAC at 925-689-7017 or use our convenient 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.