How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Crestview. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re undoubtedly striving 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 Gordon Air Conditioning, we’ve pulled together some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. Use a programmable thermostat. Take full advantage 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. All you have to do is 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 maximize 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 a decrease in 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 during peak sunshine hours in the afternoons. This easy routine will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s daily workload. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner tuned up 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 Crestview 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. If you need to replace your air conditioner, look for high SEER ratings and ENERGY STAR® certification. These show 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 Crestview, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Gordon Air Conditioning at 850-682-5509 or use our convenient 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.