How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Stuart. If you’re like most of us, you’re most likely striving to stay cool without having to spend a lot on 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 Nisair Air Conditioning, we’ve gathered some tips to help you stay cool and save some money at the same time. Use a programmable thermostat. Maximize the benefits of your programmable thermostat, or think about 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. Simply 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 maximize the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to spread the air in your rooms. Using ceiling fans enables 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 block a lot of heat that enters 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 every day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner tuned up with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. This can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Stuart summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be expensive. 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 indicate how efficient the equipment is and could help you save big each year on cooling costs. No one can control the weather in Stuart, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Nisair Air Conditioning at 772-318-4252 or use our convenient 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.