How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Carlsbad. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re most likely striving to stay cool without resulting skyrocketing utility bills. Kids may love hitting the pool every day, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we’ve collected 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 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. Simply 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 amplify 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 a decrease 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 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 in shape with regular preventive appointments will keep running at peak efficiency all summer. This can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Carlsbad summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be costly. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. If you need to replace your air conditioner, look for high SEER ratings and ENERGY STAR® certification. These show 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 Carlsbad, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Banister's Heating & Air Conditioning Services at 575-887-7777 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.