How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Abilene. If you’re like most people, you’re probably trying to stay cool without resulting 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 Abilene Air-Tech Inc, 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 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. A programmable thermostat makes this so easy. 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 will be home. 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. With the help of a ceiling fan, you can 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 during peak sunshine hours in the afternoons. 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 tuned up with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. This can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Abilene summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be expensive. 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 indicate how efficient the equipment is and could help you save big each year on cooling costs. You may not be able to control the weather in Abilene, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Abilene Air-Tech Inc at 325-692-5850 or use our handy online scheduler and we can address any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.