If you love your air conditioning like I love my air conditioning, it makes sense to get routine HVAC maintenance, and it also makes good sense to help your a/c out a little by allowing it some time off once in a while. That being said, it can be difficult to turn off your acc outright. Here in the south, we use our air conditioning about 9 or 10 months a year. But you can help your a/c work less hard wi8th just some simple energy savings tips. First of all, block the sun. The less sun that is allowed in your house, the cooler your house will naturally be, and the less frequently your a/c compressor has to engage in order to keep the house at the desired thermostat setting. Blinds, awnings, window film, and even shade trees help block the heat. Next, do what you can to keep the thermostat set as high as you can without being overheated. Ceiling fans, or box fans, or any fans really, help you feel cooler while the actual air temperature is not as cool as you feel. Use water. If you have a pool, swim in it. If you have a shower, take a cool one. If you have a washcloth, wet it and put it on your neck while watching TV. All these things help you feel cooler and save you cooling costs. If you can leave your hair wet and sit under the ceiling fan, so much the better.