How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Corpus Christi. If you’re like most people, you’re most likely attempting 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 McNatt Inc, we’ve pulled together 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 consider 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. 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 be home. Circulate cool air with fans. You can amplify the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to move the air in your rooms. Ceiling fans allow you to 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 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 annual preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. This can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Corpus Christi 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. If you need 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 big each year on cooling costs. You can’t control the weather in Corpus Christi, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call McNatt Inc at 361-888-4808 or use our handy 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.