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How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service

We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Grimes. If you’re like most of us, you’re undoubtedly striving to stay cool without resulting 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 Heartland Heating & Cooling, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process.

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. 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’ll return.

Circulate cool air with fans. You can make the most of the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to move the air in your rooms. Using ceiling fans enables you to raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple of degrees without lowering 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 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 each day.

Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner maintained with annual preventive appointments will keep running at peak efficiency all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Grimes 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 substantial amount each year on cooling costs.

You can’t control the weather in Grimes, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Heartland Heating & Cooling at 515-344-3579 or use our handy 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.

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