How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Carpentersville. If you’re like most of us, you’re most likely trying to stay cool without having to spend 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 Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it. Use a programmable thermostat. Take full advantage 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. Simply 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 circulate 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 a decrease 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 easy routine will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s workload every day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner tuned up with annual preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. Regular maintenance can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Carpentersville summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be pricey. 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 indicate how efficient the equipment is and could help you save a substantial amount each year on cooling costs. You may not be able to control the weather in Carpentersville, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc at 224-699-9229 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.