How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in the Upper Rio Grande Valley. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re most likely trying 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 Cytech Heating & Cooling, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it. 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. A programmable thermostat makes this so easy. 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 make the most of the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to circulate the air in your rooms. Using ceiling fans enables you to raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple of degrees without lowering 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 easy routine 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 its most efficient level all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a the Upper Rio Grande Valley 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. 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 can’t control the weather in the Upper Rio Grande Valley, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Cytech Heating & Cooling at 956-630-3522 or use our easy 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.