How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Tampa Bay. If you’re like most of us, you’re most likely striving 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 Langford Cooling, we’ve collected 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. 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 make the most of the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to spread 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 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 in the afternoons when the sun is hottest. This simple task will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s daily workload. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner in shape with annual preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. This can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Tampa Bay summer. Regular air conditioner service can help reveal and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be expensive. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. If you’re looking 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 big each year on cooling costs. You can’t control the weather in Tampa Bay, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Langford Cooling at 813-898-9553 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.