How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015Here in Topeka, we’re hitting the warmest months of the summer sun. This also means that you’re trying to find as many low-cost 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 chill in your home, too. It may be the hottest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend crazy amounts on your cooling bills. Your HVAC pros at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. are here to offer a couple tips on how to fully utilize your AC. Set your programmable thermostat. If you’re not taking advantage of 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 every 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 boost the effect of your air conditioner. When a ceiling fan is utilized while the air conditioner is operating, you can actually raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple degrees without sacrificing 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 cutting down on 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 legitimate reason. Regular maintenance on your HVAC equipment can help ensure it runs at its best efficiency when it needs to. Plus, the last thing you want in Topeka in August is for the AC to stop working, and an air conditioner service visit can also identify small fixes before they become big concerns. Consider energy efficiency. Given that we’re almost through the summer months, you’re probably not wanting 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 Topeka, 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 Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. at 785-357-6200 or use our convenient online scheduler for any of your air conditioner service and repair needs.