How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Hamilton. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re undoubtedly 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, 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 consider 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 is effortless 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 will 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 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 during peak sunshine hours in the afternoons. This easy routine 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 regular preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Hamilton 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. You can’t control the weather in Hamilton, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC at 513-275-3601 or use our easy 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.