How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Lodi. If you’re like most of us, you’re most likely striving to stay cool without resulting skyrocketing utility bills. Sure, it’s fun to hit the pool and cool down sometimes, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money at the same time. Use a programmable thermostat. Get full use 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. This takes virtually no time 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 make the most of the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to move 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 lowering your comfort. Close your curtains and blinds. You can block a lot of heat that enters your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed during peak sunshine hours in the afternoons. This practice will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s workload every day. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner in shape with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. Regular maintenance can also help avert an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Lodi 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 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 Lodi, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning at 209-368-0556 or use our convenient 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.