How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Dallas. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re most likely striving 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 Tri County Air Care LLC, we’ve gathered some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it. 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 is effortless 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 be home. Circulate cool air with fans. You can maximize 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 prevent heat from 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 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 maintained with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. Regular maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Dallas 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 big each year on cooling costs. No one can control the weather in Dallas, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Tri County Air Care LLC at 469-617-3437 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.