How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015Here in Albuquerque, we’re hitting the hottest months of the summer sun. This also means that you’re trying to find as many low-cost ways to stay cool as possible, even air conditioner service. Getting full use of your pool pass is great, but sometimes you just want to be able to chill in your home, too. It might be the hottest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you must spend crazy amounts on your cooling bills. Your HVAC team at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling are here to provide a couple tips on how to make the most of your AC. Set your programmable thermostat. If you’re not utilizing all your programmable thermostat has to offer, you’re missing out on potential savings. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy found that you could save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling just by lowering your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours every day. Set your thermostat to cool less when you’re away during the day and program it to turn it back on around the time you arrive home. Use fans to help circulate the air. Ceiling fans circulate the air in a room and help maximize the effect of your air conditioner. When a ceiling fan is utilized while the air conditioner is running, you can actually turn up the temperature on your thermostat a couple degrees without hurting your comfort. Keep curtains and blinds closed. A lot of heat can get in to your home through your windows, so make certain that your curtains, blinds and shades are closed during the hot afternoon hours. Even decreasing the sunlight that comes into your home from noon to 5 p.m. can help keep your home a little cooler and take away some work from your AC. Set up an air conditioner service appointment. We couldn’t let this one slip by, but for good reason. Regular maintenance on your HVAC equipment can help make certain that it works at peak efficiency throughout the season. Plus, the last thing you want in Albuquerque in August is for the AC to break down, and an air conditioner service visit can also identify small fixes before they become huge concerns. Consider energy efficiency. Given that we’re almost through the summer months, you’re probably not wanting to purchase a new AC right now. But when you are ready to get rid of your equipment, look for Energy Star® certification and high SEER ratings, which can help you save hundreds of dollars a year on cooling costs. While you can’t control the weather in Albuquerque, you can control the comfort of your home. And with these nuggets, you may even save a few dollars while staying cool this summer. If your system just can’t compete, call Desert Suns Heating & Cooling at 505-994-9176 or use our convenient online scheduler for any of your air conditioner service and repair needs.