How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in the Main Line. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re most likely striving 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money at the same time. 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. A programmable thermostat makes this so easy. All you have to do is 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 maximize the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to circulate the air in your rooms. Using ceiling fans enables you to 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 easy routine 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 tuned up with annual preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a the Main Line summer. Regular air conditioner service can help reveal 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 indicate 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 the Main Line, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning at 610-626-2540 or use our convenient online scheduler and we can take care of any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.