Factors that Can Increase Your Annual Spend on Heating and Cooling

No-one enjoys spending more on something than they really have to, including the super-rich. However, unlike the super-rich, you most likely don’t have a spare million or two in your bank account just in case your energy bill is higher than expected when it arrives. “Energy efficiency” is an extremely hot topic nowadays, partly because a more energy efficient home can help to protect our environment and halt the progression of global warming, and partly because it can help the average homeowner to save vast amounts of money year on year by doing very little. AirPlus strives to improve energy efficiency levels right across Toronto by educating homeowners, increasing awareness of how heat energy is frequently wasted and making suggestions on how this can be prevented.

Why You Might Pay More for Your Heating and Cooling Than You Should

In the average household in Toronto, as much as 60% of the total amount paid for energy goes towards heating and cooling costs. You could greatly reduce that total by avoiding the following “mistakes” throughout the year.

  • Choosing the Wrong Size System – Buying heating and cooling systems that are incorrectly sized — either too big or too small for your property — can reduce energy efficiency. Systems that are too big will repeatedly short cycle, as the property will either be heated or cooled rapidly, whereas a unit that doesn’t have sufficient capacity will just constantly run and consume energy.
  • Failing to Carry Out Maintenance – The condition of heating and cooling systems will deteriorate over time, and failing to carry out basic maintenance and have a Toronto HVAC company carry out an annual service, will result in decreased efficiency and therefore higher energy bills. Performance can deteriorate by as much as 2% every year.
  • Not Checking the Air Filter – Both furnaces and air conditioning units contain air filters and over time they will become clogged with dust and dirt, decreasing their energy efficiency and costing you more to run.
  • Blocking Heat Registers – You should always make sure that heat registers and air return ducts are not covered over; common mistakes include having curtains draped over a heat register, or arranging furniture in a way that covers these areas.
  • Using Heating and Cooling Systems at Night – Rather than having your heating or air-con on full blast at night, add or remove extra layers instead. You would be surprised at just how many people commit this mistake, wasting unbelievable amounts of energy when they are not even awake.
  • Leaving Exterior Doors and Windows Open – Doing so allows cold drafts to pass through your house in the winter, increasing the workload for your system, and enabling warmer air to enter your property in the summer months.
  • Equipment With a Low Energy Efficiency Rating – This is mainly applicable to homeowners that have especially old heating and cooling systems installed at their property. No matter how much maintenance is carried out, these systems will never achieve a high level of energy efficiency, simply because they aren’t designed in a way that makes that possible. In these cases, AirPlus technicians would recommend you consider replacing your current system with a new energy efficient model (some units are 98 percent efficient). The investment required to do so will typically be paid back in the form of annual energy savings in just a few short years.
  • AC Units Installed in Direct Sunlight – Exposure to direct sunlight forces your AC unit to work harder to produce the same amount of cold air, using considerably more energy in the process.
  • Not Using a Thermostat – It’s now possible to have a programmable thermostat installed that will allow you to program the times that your heating and cooling systems turn on and off, as well as the temperatures you would like them to run at. In many cases this cuts the amount of wasted energy in half without any other modifications to your heating and cooling systems whatsoever.
  • Failing to Fully Utilize the Sun – The sun is the biggest available heat source that you can use, even during the colder winter months, and by using it to heat your home you can reduce the workload of your heating and cooling systems. To use this free, natural heat source, simply leave your blinds and curtains open during the day time and ensure they are closed at night.

Many of the factors that determine how energy efficient your home is are under your control, which often comes as a surprise to many homeowners in Toronto. For further information on how to get the best out of your home’s heating and cooling, contact AirPlus today on (416) 298-6874. Alternatively,

if you have an emergency heating and cooling situation that you need us to deal with, dial 1-800-650-9522 for round-the-clock service.

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