How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Mobile. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re undoubtedly trying to stay cool without resulting skyrocketing utility bills. Sure, it’s fun to hit the pool and cool down sometimes, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. 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. 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 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 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 maximum efficiency all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Mobile summer. Regular air conditioner service can help uncover 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 specify 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 Mobile, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc at 251-471-2674 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.