Canada is one of those places where we rely on our HVAC equipment all year. The furnace is essential to make it through the winter and the AC provides relief during the hot summer months. But, all this heating and cooling really adds up. That’s why we’ve put together this list of clever ways to lower your energy use, and therefore your energy bills, this summer.
1. Set the thermostat to the highest possible temperature you’re comfortable with.
Adjust your thermostat and keep it at the highest temperature that you’re comfortable living in. A smart thermostat could also come in handy as it can automatically adjust the temperature based on your schedule. Ultimately, this will reduce the workload on your cooling system and save energy.
2. Use your ceiling fans.
Ceiling fans can help circulate the cool air throughout your house and take a load off your air conditioner. They’ll also make you feel more comfortable even when you set the thermostat to a higher temperature. Make sure you turn off the ceiling fans when you leave a room so as not to waste any energy!
3. Pull down the blinds and close the curtains.
Install blinds, curtains, or reflective window films to block out direct sunlight and reduce the heat that enters your house. This will minimize the strain on your cooling system and help maintain a cooler indoor environment.
4. Unplug appliances and minimize the use of heat-generating devices.
Unplug appliances and other electronics when you’re not using them or when you leave the home for long periods of time. Additionally, limit the use of heat-generating appliances during the hottest parts of the day. Avoid using the oven or stove excessively, and run the dishwasher or laundry machine during off-peak hours when it’s cooler.
5. Replace your lights with energy-efficient bulbs.
Another way you can lower your energy use is by replacing all your incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs. LED lights generate less heat and consume significantly less energy. They can reduce energy consumption in more ways than one!
6. Implement smart power management.
Use smart power strips or timers to control electronics and appliances, turning them off completely when not in use. Many devices consume energy even when in standby mode, so eliminating this phantom load can lead to noticeable energy savings. Even better, unplug devices and appliances when not in use.
7. Take advantage of clever landscaping.
This tip both limits energy consumption and adds natural beauty to your home. You might be surprised to learn that strategic and clever landscaping can keep your home cooler and your energy bill lower. Plant trees around your home and your air conditioner to block direct sunlight from heating them up. Make use of shrubs and vines along walls to create a natural barrier that helps cool the air before it touches your home’s exterior.
8. Keep all vents and registers open and unobstructed.
Keeping all vents and registers open and unobstructed is important for maintaining optimal airflow throughout your home, which can help lower energy use. If any vents are blocked by curtains or furniture, it can limit the amount of cool air blowing into your home and put added strain on your AC. And that can cause energy bills to increase.
9. Show your AC (and all your HVAC equipment) some love!
Lastly, take good care of your AC and all of your HVAC equipment, as well as your appliances. Purchasing high-efficiency equipment can save you money, but regardless of the AC you have, it requires regular maintenance to function properly and efficiently. Stay on top of annual inspections and maintenance so your air conditioner lasts a long time and cools your home as efficiently as possible.
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Team Harding carries all kinds of HVAC equipment, so you’ll be sure to find the best and most efficient AC that fits your needs. Plus, we can keep your units in top shape with annual maintenance. The best way to ensure your AC runs most efficiently is a Harding Club Membership. Each plan includes annual maintenance so you’ll never have to worry about missing an appointment.
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