How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015Here in Lake Charles, we’re hitting the warmest months of the summer sun. This also means that you’re looking for as many cheap ways to stay cool as possible, even air conditioner service. Getting full use of your pool pass is great, but sometimes you just want to be able to hang out in your home, too. It might be the hottest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend crazy amounts on your cooling bills. Your HVAC pros at ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc are here to provide a couple tips on how to fully utilize your AC. Set your programmable thermostat. If you’re not utilizing all your programmable thermostat has to offer, 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 lowering your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours during the day. Set your thermostat to cool less when you’re gone 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 used while the air conditioner is working, you can actually increase the temperature on your thermostat a couple degrees without impacting your comfort. Keep curtains and blinds closed. A lot of heat can sneak in your home through your windows, so make sure your curtains, blinds and shades are closed during the hot afternoon hours. Even reducing the sunlight that comes into your home from noon to 5 p.m. can help keep your home a tad cooler and take a load 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 works at peak efficiency when it needs to. Plus, the last thing you want in Lake Charles in August is for the AC to stop working, and an air conditioner service visit can also catch small fixes before they become big issues. Consider energy efficiency. Given that we’re just about through the summer months, you’re probably not looking to purchase a new AC right now. But when you are ready to get rid of 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 environment in Lake Charles, you can control the comfort of your home. And with these insights, you may even save a few dollars while staying cool this summer. If your system just can’t compete, call ACR Air Conditioning & Heating Inc at 337-335-0992 or use our convenient online scheduler for any of your air conditioner service and repair needs.