How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Raceland. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably trying 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 Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it. 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 takes virtually no time 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 be home. 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. 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 prevent heat from entering your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed in the afternoons when the sun is hottest. 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 in shape 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 Raceland summer. Regular air conditioner service can help uncover 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 specify 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 Raceland, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service at 985-537-6795 or use our easy online scheduler and we can attend to any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.