How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Middletown. If you’re like most of us, you’re most likely trying to stay cool without resulting 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 Schagrin Gas Company, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money at the same time. Use a programmable thermostat. Maximize the benefits of your programmable thermostat, or contemplate 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. A programmable thermostat makes this so easy. It’s easy—just program it to run at a higher temperature during the times you’re away and adjust to a cooler temperature when you’ll be home. Circulate cool air with fans. You can maximize the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to spread the air in your rooms. With the help of a ceiling fan, you can 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 when the sun is at its hottest in the afternoons. This simple task will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s daily workload. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner in shape with annual preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. This can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Middletown summer. Regular air conditioner service can help reveal and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be expensive. 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 show how efficient the equipment is and could help you save a substantial amount each year on cooling costs. You may not be able to control the weather in Middletown, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Schagrin Gas Company at 302-658-2000 or use our handy 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.