How to Stay Cool Without Spending a Lot on Air Conditioner Service08/19/2015 We’re positively in the peak of summer here in Muskogee. If you’re like the majority of people, you’re undoubtedly trying to stay cool without resulting skyrocketing utility bills. Kids may love hitting the pool every day, but you need your home to be comfortable too. At Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc., we’ve collected some tips to help you stay cool and save some money in the process. Use a programmable thermostat. Get full use of your programmable thermostat, or consider 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 is effortless with a programmable thermostat. 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 amplify 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 avoid excess heat entering your home through your windows with curtains, blinds or shades. Just keep them closed in the afternoons when the sun is hottest. This practice will keep your home a little cooler and lighten your air conditioner’s daily workload. Schedule routine air conditioner service. Keeping your air conditioner tuned up with annual preventive appointments will keep running at maximum efficiency all summer. Preventive maintenance can also help twart an air conditioner breakdown in the heat of a Muskogee summer. Regular air conditioner service can help identify and repair small problems before they turn into big problems, which can be expensive. 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 indicate how efficient the equipment is and could help you save a lot of money each year on cooling costs. No one can control the weather in Muskogee, but you can control your home comfort. With these tips, you might even save some money while you stay cool. Call Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. at 918-682-8238 or use our convenient 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.