How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Aurora. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re most likely trying to stay cool without having to spend a lot on skyrocketing utility bills. Kids may love hitting the pool every day, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Service Plus Mechanical, 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 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. All you have to do is 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 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 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 in shape with regular preventive appointments will keep running at peak efficiency all summer. This can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Aurora 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. When it’s time 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. You may not be able to control the weather in Aurora, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Service Plus Mechanical at 630-473-4749 or use our handy 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.