How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Colfax. If you’re like most of us, you’re probably trying to stay cool without spending 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 Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it. 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. It’s easy—just 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 circulate the air in your rooms. Ceiling fans allow 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 daily workload. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner maintained with annual preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Regular maintenance can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Colfax summer. Regular air conditioner service can help reveal and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be costly. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. If you need to replace your air conditioner, look for high SEER ratings and ENERGY STAR® certification. These specify how efficient the equipment is and could help you save big each year on cooling costs. No one can control the weather in Colfax, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning at 509-397-3622 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.