How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015Here in Sylmar, 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 nice, but sometimes you just want to be able to relax in your home, too. It may be the hottest time of the year, but that doesn’t mean you must spend excessive amounts on your cooling bills. Your HVAC team at American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning are here to provide a couple tips on how to get the most from your AC. Set your programmable thermostat. If you’re not using all your programmable thermostat has to give you, 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 lowering your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours every day. Set your thermostat to cool less when you’re away during the day 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 used while the air conditioner is operating, 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 get in to your home through your windows, so make certain that 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 bit cooler and take away some work from 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 certain that it runs at peak efficiency throughout the season. Plus, the last thing you want in Sylmar in August is for the AC to stop working, and an air conditioner service visit can also find small fixes before they become huge concerns. Consider energy efficiency. Given that we’re almost through the summer months, you’re probably not in the market 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 climate in Sylmar, 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 American Premier Heating & Air Conditioning at 818-370-7266 or use our convenient online scheduler for any of your air conditioner service and repair needs.