How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015Here in Selbyville, we’re hitting the peak months of the summer sun. This also means that you’re looking for as many inexpensive 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 hang out 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 pros at Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing are here to share a couple tips on how to fully utilize your AC. Set your programmable thermostat. If you’re not using 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 may save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling just by setting 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 maximize the effect of your air conditioner. When a ceiling fan is turned on while the air conditioner is running, you can actually increase the temperature on your thermostat a couple degrees without sacrificing comfort. Keep curtains and blinds closed. A lot of heat can sneak in your home through your windows, so ensure your curtains, blinds and shades are closed during the hot afternoon hours. Even cutting down on the sunlight that comes into your home from noon to 5 p.m. can help keep your home a little 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 make sure it runs at peak efficiency all season. Plus, the last thing you want in Selbyville in August is for the AC to stop working, and an air conditioner service visit can also identify small fixes before they become huge concerns. 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 replace 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 Selbyville, 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 Red Dog Cooling, Heating, & Plumbing at 302-436-2922 or use our convenient online scheduler for any of your air conditioner service and repair needs.