How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re unquestionably in the peak of summer here in Beaverton. If you’re like most of us, you’re undoubtedly attempting 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc., 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 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. A programmable thermostat makes this so easy. 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 will be home. 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 a decrease in 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 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 maintained with rountine preventive appointments will keep running at peak efficiency all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Beaverton summer. Regular air conditioner service can help uncover and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be costly. 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 substantial amount each year on cooling costs. You may not be able to control the weather in Beaverton, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you could save some money while you stay cool. Call Garoken Energy Co. Inc. at 503-848-3838 or use our handy 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.