How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015Here in Northwest Arkansas, we’re hitting the warmest months of the summer sun. This also means that you’re looking for as many low-cost ways to stay cool as possible, even air conditioner service. Getting full use of your pool pass is fun, but sometimes you just want to be able to chill in your home, too. It could be the hottest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you must spend crazy amounts on your cooling bills. Your HVAC experts at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC are here to offer a couple tips on how to get the most from your AC. Set your programmable thermostat. If you’re not taking advantage of all your programmable thermostat has to provide, you’re missing out on potential savings. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy found that you could save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling just by programming your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours during the day. Set your thermostat to cool less when you’re at work and arrange for it to turn it back on around the time you arrive home. Use fans to help circulate the air. Ceiling fans circulate the air in a room and help increase the effect of your air conditioner. When a ceiling fan is utilized while the air conditioner is running, you can actually raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple degrees without impacting your comfort. Keep curtains and blinds closed. A lot of heat can enter your home through your windows, so ensure your curtains, blinds and shades are closed during the hot afternoon hours. Even decreasing the sunlight that comes into your home from noon to 5 p.m. can help keep your home a bit cooler and take the workload off your AC. Set up an air conditioner service appointment. We couldn’t let this one slip by, but for a real reason. Regular maintenance on your HVAC equipment can help ensure it runs at peak efficiency all season. Plus, the last thing you want in Northwest Arkansas in August is for the AC to break down, and an air conditioner service visit can also catch small fixes before they become huge concerns. Consider energy efficiency. Given that we’re almost through the summer months, you’re probably not looking to purchase a new AC right now. But when you are ready to swap out your equipment, look for Energy Star® certification and high SEER ratings, which can help you save hundreds of dollars a year on cooling costs. While you can’t control the weather in Northwest Arkansas, you can control the comfort of your home. And with these nuggets, you may even save a few dollars while staying cool this summer. If your system just can’t compete, call AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC at 479-372-4304 or use our convenient online scheduler for any of your air conditioner service and repair needs.