How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in West Columbia. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re probably attempting to stay cool without spending a lot on skyrocketing utility bills. Kids may love hitting the pool every day, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc., we’ve gathered some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it. 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 is effortless with a programmable thermostat. 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’ll return. Circulate cool air with fans. You can amplify the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to spread the air in your rooms. Ceiling fans allow 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 prevent heat from entering your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed when the sun is at its hottest in the afternoons. This easy routine will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s workload each day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner in shape with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. This can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a West Columbia summer. Regular air conditioner service can help reveal and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be pricey. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. If you’re looking to replace your air conditioner, look for high SEER ratings and ENERGY STAR® certification. These specify 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 West Columbia, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. at 803-796-9172 or use our easy 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.