Between mortgage payments, utilities and other expenses, many homeowners are looking for ways to save money this summer. One of the easiest ways to save money is with these HVAC tips:
Get An Energy-Efficient AC Model
Older air conditioning units are not up to today’s energy efficiency standards, especially if you have neglected to maintain them on a regular basis. Investing in a new air conditioner may seem like a big expense, but it will save you money in the long run as today’s Energy Star models use up to 50 percent less energy than older models. You may also qualify for rebates through the Ontario government if you purchase an Energy Star air conditioner.
Install A Programmable Thermostat
Another reason to purchase a new air conditioner is that you’ll be able to install a programmable thermostat to use with it. Programmable thermostats make controlling your HVAC unit easy, even when you’re not at home. You can program it to fit your schedule, and even set different rooms at different temperatures.
Clean Your Air Filters
Clean air filters mean a more energy efficient air conditioner and furnace. A clogged air filter not only results in poor indoor air quality, but it can also prevent your HVAC system from being able to heat or cool your home properly, forcing it to work even harder.
Keep Your HVAC Unit Protected
Outside factors are just as important to consider as interior factors when trying to save money with your HVAC unit this summer. Keep your outdoor unit protected from the sun and debris by installing an awning or planting a large shade tree nearby. Just make sure any branches are kept far enough away from the unit so that they don’t hinder its performance.
Keep Vents Clean
Next time you clean your air filters, make sure you clean your vents as well. Dirt and debris can build up on the surface of the vent as well as just below, and can prevent your air conditioner from working properly. We also recommend making sure all of your vents are open so that your whole home is being heated or cooled.
Most of us know that hot air rises, and you may notice this more during the summer. You can use ceiling fans, or other fans throughout your home, to keep the cool air circulating and prevent it from getting trapped near the ceiling. Ensuring your home has good air circulation can help your HVAC unit work a little less.
Performing annual maintenance on your HVAC system is essential to keep your home comfortable, and it will also help to save you money. Contact Bryan’s Fuel today to book your spring air conditioner maintenance so you can stay cool all summer long.