How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Show Low. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably 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 Rim Country Mechanical, Inc., we’ve gathered some tips to help you stay cool and save some money at the same time. 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 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 amplify 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 noticing a difference in your comfort. Close your curtains and blinds. You can avoid excess heat entering your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed when the sun is at its hottest in the afternoons. This simple task 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 annual preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. This can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Show Low 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. 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 can’t control the weather in Show Low, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Rim Country Mechanical, Inc. at 928-537-1803 or use our handy online scheduler and we can take care of any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.