In the heat and humidity of a Jacksonville summer, staying comfortable at home is all about keeping your cool. Your home’s air conditioning system offers relief from hot and steamy weather. Keeping it running day and night, however, can send your energy bills soaring. Don’t let rising cooling costs get you hot under collar. Stay chill this summer with these five money-saving tips for increasing your comfort.

1. Schedule AC Maintenance

When it comes to your comfort, making sure that your air conditioner is operating properly is priority number one. Even a small malfunction can have a big impact its cooling capabilities. If you missed your spring tune-up, schedule preventive maintenance from Ed s Comfort Solutions ASAP. Optimizing the system lets you save more money for summer fun too.

2. Upgrade Your Thermostat

Today’s high-tech thermostats let you raise temperatures while you’re away and still come home to a comfortably cool environment. Trane’s advanced thermostats feature remote access, so you can fine-tune settings from your smartphone or tablet. These smart devices offer additional perks too, including real-time readouts of energy consumption.

3. Seal the Leaks

Any crack, hole or gap in exterior walls allows the air your AC has worked hard to cool to escape outdoors. Leaks let in hot air too, forcing your cooling system to run for longer periods. Plug leaks around windows, doors, vents and utility conduits to save up to 20 percent on cooling bills.

4. Redecorate Windows

As much as 20 percent of the heat that enters your home during the summer comes through windows. During the day, close the drapes on sun-facing windows to keep out direct sunlight. To cut heat gain by 33 percent, replace them with curtains with white-plastic backings.

5. Call Your TCS (Trane Comfort Specialist)

Our designation as a TCS means that Ed s Comfort Solutions has met Trane’s rigorous standards for technical expertise. Whether performing an AC tune-up or installing a new system, our certified technicians have the know-how to deliver quality results. For more cooling strategies, call us at (904) 201-4779. We’re available 24/7 with effective HVAC solutions for your comfort needs.