Tips For Reducing Your Air Conditioning Costs
This summer has been a hot one with plenty of heat waves. To reduce your hydro bill, you will have to take proactive measures. We asked our cooling experts to give some tips on how you can save money and still enjoy your summer.
We recommend that you use a fan. A fan can be a ceiling fan or any circulating fan. Fans do not cool a room, but it does help by creating a wind-chill effect that can make it 6 or 7 degrees cooler. If you have an air conditioner, these fans will help disperse the cooled air more effectively. With a fan, you can raise the thermostat by as much as 4 degrees and experience little or no discomfort.
Get a Smart Thermostat:
To run your A/C more efficiently our experts recommend getting a smart or programmable thermostat. These thermostats will decrease the temperature when you are not home or when you are sleeping. These smart device could quickly decrease your summer cooling bill by 10. You can also set your A/C thermostat to 24ºC instead of 20ºC and you could see up to 18% cut from your summer cooling costs. Turning the AC up when it's hot will not cool rooms faster and results in pointless spending.
Maintain and Upgrade Your Cooling System:
It's important to keep your A/C unit well maintained. We recommend having a service expert out every spring to check out and maintain your A/C. They can take care of everything you need to keep your home running well and cool. If you want to do your own maintenance, you can also check your AC filters for blocked airflow. If you have blocked airflow your A/C will have to work harder which wastes energy. To help reduce your A/C energy consumption by 5% to 15% we recommend that you clean or replace filters once per month. If you see that the A/C evaporator and condenser coils have dirt and other debris on it, you should clear it out. If you are thinking of a new A/C, there are plenty of options available. A variable speed A/C will help to save you money. We are a Trane Dealer because we want to sell our customers a quality product that lasts.
Avoid Heat Buildup:
Try to avoid activities that create a lot of heat. An example of this is baking which produces lots of heat in your home. Also cooking on the stovetop or clothes dryer can make your home warmer. It is recommended to save these activities until the night time when the temperature drops.
Darker Home Environment:
When you close curtains, blinds or shades you will see significant savings. Reflective blinds are known to reduce heat gain up to 45%.
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