How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Phoenix. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re most likely attempting 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 Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc, we’ve collected 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 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 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 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 practice will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s workload each day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner in shape with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at peak efficiency all summer. This can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Phoenix summer. Regular air conditioner service can help uncover 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 a substantial amount each year on cooling costs. You may not be able to control the weather in Phoenix, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Dial One Mears Air Conditioning & Heating Inc at 602-997-5701 or use our easy 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.