How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Columbia. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably attempting to stay cool without having to spend a lot on skyrocketing utility bills. You can always hit the pool or check out a movie to get out of the heat, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Watts Electric & A/C Inc, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. Use a programmable thermostat. Get full use of your programmable thermostat, or think about 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. This takes virtually no time with a programmable thermostat. Simply program it to run at a higher temperature during the times you’re away and adjust to a cooler temperature when you’ll return. Circulate cool air with fans. You can maximize the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to move the air in your rooms. Using ceiling fans enables you to raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple of degrees without noticing a difference in your comfort. Close your curtains and blinds. You can avoid excess heat entering your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed in the afternoons when the sun is hottest. 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 maintained with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. This can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Columbia 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 indicate how efficient the equipment is and could help you save a lot of money each year on cooling costs. You may not be able to control the weather in Columbia, but you can control your home comfort. Using these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Watts Electric & A/C Inc at 601-736-7362 or use our easy online scheduler and we can take care of any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.