How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Opelika. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably 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 Farnell Mechanical, Inc., we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. Use a programmable thermostat. Maximize the benefits 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. A programmable thermostat makes this so easy. 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 move 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 block a lot of heat that enters 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 maintained with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at peak efficiency all summer. Regular maintenance can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Opelika 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 specify how efficient the equipment is and could help you save big each year on cooling costs. You may not be able to control the weather in Opelika, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Farnell Mechanical, Inc. at 334-524-2458 or use our handy 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.