How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in South Beloit and Belvidere. If you’re like most people, you’re undoubtedly attempting to stay cool without spending 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 Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc., 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 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 circulate 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 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 tuned up with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a South Beloit and Belvidere 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. If you’re looking 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 lot of money each year on cooling costs. You can’t control the weather in South Beloit and Belvidere, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. at 877-389-2465 or use our convenient 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.