How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Chadron. If you’re like most people, you’re most likely trying 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 MPC Heating & Cooling, we’ve gathered some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. Use a programmable thermostat. Get full use 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. This is effortless with a programmable thermostat. 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 amplify the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to spread the air in your rooms. Ceiling fans allow 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 prevent heat from 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 every day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner tuned up with annual preventive appointments will keep running at peak efficiency all summer. This can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Chadron summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be costly. 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 big each year on cooling costs. You can’t control the weather in Chadron, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call MPC Heating & Cooling at 308-432-5301 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.