Ways in Which Airplus Can Reduce Your Home Heating and Cooling Costs

With the average utility bill exceeding $2000 per year in Canada, taking advice from one of Toronto’s leading HVAC companies might not be a bad idea. AirPlus has been providing a range of heating and cooling services through the Greater Toronto Area for over two decades and take great pride in educating consumers on how to improve their household energy efficiency and save a few dollars where possible. In terms of getting your heating and cooling bills under control, here are a few tips we recommend you follow.

Ensure Your Heating and Cooling Systems are Regularly Maintained

Over time these systems will get less efficient if not properly maintained. Internal components may get worn or damaged, needing to be replaced if the system is to perform at its most efficient. Regular maintenance ensures that these replacements are made quickly, and also provides the opportunity to give everything a thorough clean down, which is another way to give efficiency levels a boost. E.g. cleaning the air filter on an air conditioning unit is a task that the average homeowner can usually handle on their own and ensures air flow through the system is not restricted. For advice on how to maintain the specific system you have installed at your home, or to schedule a service call with one of our HVAC professionals, get in touch with a member of our team today.

If You’re In the Market For New Heating and Cooling Equipment Choose Energy Efficient Models

If your heating or cooling system has been giving you trouble for some time and has finally given up the ghost, or is just ridiculously expensive to run, you need to get a new one. When shopping around for new heating and cooling systems it’s always advisable to pay out a little bit more for the most energy efficient model you can buy, as in the long term this will save you money through lower utility bills. By energy efficient we are referring to the amount of energy required to produce the end result. A highly energy efficient system will use a low amount of energy (when compared against other systems) to heat or cool your home. The official rating system is known as the AFUE and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER), and the higher the number is, the more energy efficient the equipment is.

Get a Programmable Thermostat If You Haven’t Got One Already

And if you do have one, make sure you use it! When things are done manually, they are never done as accurately as if they are done automatically. Imagine this: It’s a cold winters evening and you want to warm up your home a little bit as you sit down to watch your favourite TV show. You go and turn the heating up before settling down in your favourite armchair. As it starts to get warm and cosy, you feel your eyes starting to get heavier and heavier until you inevitably fall asleep. You wake up 3 hours later and realise the heating has been on the whole time, when you only wanted to turn it on for an hour. This wouldn’t happen if you had a programmable thermostat and you could really cut down on “wasted” energy.

Turn the Temperature Down a Notch

honeywell_thermostatWe are of course referring to your heating system here. With your air conditioning system, we would advise you to turn the temperature setting up a little. If you do this, your heating and cooling systems won’t have to work as hard, and therefore won’t consume as much energy. And if they consume less energy, you get to keep more cash in your pocket.

Be Careful When Using Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers are great pieces of equipment and can improve conditions in your home considerably if you have problems with moisture, but it’s not recommended that you have one running at the same time as your air conditioning unit. The reason we say this is that a dehumidifier will make the AC unit work harder, and it will therefore consume more energy.

Make Sure Your Windows Are Properly Sealed

Although not directly related to your heating and cooling systems, windows can play a huge role in determining how big your utility bills are. Windows that allow the transfer of heat can make your air conditioner work harder in the summer and your heating system work harder during the winter months. Sometimes the solution can be as simple as buying a tube of caulk for a few dollars and going around your windows to fill in any gaps. In some circumstances you might need to consider completely replacing your windows though.

Use the Winter Sun to Your Advantage

On a sunny day in the middle of winter, even though it can be freezing cold outside, you can use the sun to raise the temperature inside your home a few degrees and relieve some of the workload your heating system faces. During the day you should leave your curtains open, and then ensure they are closed once the sun goes down, as your windows will be cold during the night. Incidentally, during the summer months, you can do the opposite; close your curtains during the day to block out the sun’s rays and keep it cool indoors.

Think About Zoned Heating and Cooling

Similar to the second point we made in this article, this only really applies if you are in the market for a new system or are willing to make a costly short term change to profit in the long term. Zoned heating and cooling is far more energy efficient than whole house systems, since you only heat or cool the part of the house you are in, which consumes less energy and saves you money. There’s little point in heating the upstairs area of your home if you are going to be downstairs 90% of the day, which is what whole house systems do.
AirPlus offer a full range of HVAC services and can help you save money by increasing the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems. We serve clients throughout Toronto, Scarborough and Durham and have developed a reputation as a leading company in the area owing to the fast and reliable service that we offer.

Call Airplus today  at 416 298 6874 for heating & cooling in Toronto or visit our website at www.airplus.ca

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