How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Wyandotte. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re undoubtedly trying to stay cool without having to spend 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 Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 contemplate 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 amplify the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to move 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 block a lot of heat that enters your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed in the afternoons when the sun is hottest. 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 maintained with annual preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. This can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Wyandotte summer. Regular air conditioner service can help uncover and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be pricey. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. When it’s time 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. No one can control the weather in Wyandotte, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you should be able to save some money while you stay cool. Call Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning at 734-284-1224 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.