How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re definitely in the peak of summer here in Rapid City. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re undoubtedly 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc, we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money while you do it. 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. Simply 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 maximize the cool air from your air conditioner by using ceiling fans to spread the air in your rooms. Ceiling fans allow you to raise the temperature on your thermostat a couple of degrees without lowering your comfort. Close your curtains and blinds. You can prevent heat from 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 practice 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 tuned up with regular preventive appointments will keep running at its most efficient level all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help prevent an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Rapid City summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be pricey. Look for energy efficiency in new equipment. If you’re looking to replace your air conditioner, look for high SEER ratings and ENERGY STAR® certification. These specify 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 Rapid City, but you can control your home comfort. By following these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc at 605-342-5107 or use our handy online scheduler and we can attend to any of your air conditioner service needs or answer your questions about how to keep your home more comfortable.