How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015Here in Beaverton, we’re hitting the hottest months of the summer sun. This also means that you’re searching for as many cheap 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 chill in your home, too. It could 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. are here to offer a couple tips on how to get the most from your AC. Set your programmable thermostat. If you’re not taking advantage of 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 could save up to 10 percent a year on heating and cooling just by programming your thermostat back 7-10 degrees for 8 hours every day. Set your thermostat to cool less when you’re gone and set 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 boost the effect of your air conditioner. When a ceiling fan is turned on while the air conditioner is running, you can actually raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple degrees without impacting your 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 decreasing 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 legitimate reason. Regular maintenance on your HVAC equipment can help make certain that it works at top efficiency when it needs to. Plus, the last thing you want in Beaverton in August is for the AC to stop working, and an air conditioner service visit can also catch small fixes before they become huge problems. Consider energy efficiency. Given that we’re nearly through the summer months, you’re probably not looking to purchase a new AC right now. But when you are ready to swap out 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 weather in Beaverton, you can control the comfort of your home. And with these tips, you could even save a few dollars while staying cool this summer. If your system just can’t compete, call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at 503-848-3838 or use our convenient online scheduler for any of your air conditioner service and repair needs.