Stay cool and save on energy costs with these small changes

Getting outside and enjoying the warm temperatures is what summer is all about. However, if you need to be indoors, the heat can be uncomfortable. Here are some ways you can stay cool and save energy while indoors.

If it’s time to replace your existing air conditioning unit, opt for an energy- efficient air conditioner unit for maximum savings. You should also take note of the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). SEER measures how much a cooling system releases for each unit of energy it uses. The efficiency of your air conditioner depends on the SEER rating. A high SEER rating equals a more efficient the air conditioner.

Having a programmable thermostat is beneficial to have in your home for cost savings. Use it to your advantage by setting your thermostat to different temperatures depending on your family’s daily routine. A programmable thermostat will allow you to customize the temperature to when you are away from your home and when you arrive. Have the temperature set higher when you are not home and have it lowered shortly before you arrive. Choose a comfortable temperature for you and your family. Typically thermostat settings in the summer are between 22-25 degrees celcius.

Keeping your air conditioning unit clean is essential to make sure it is properly running. Make sure there are no leaves, grass, weeds or dirt that could be blocking the airflow of the compressor.

Did you know doing laundry and cooking earlier in the day and evening could cost less? The stove, oven, dishwasher and clothes dryer all cause additional heat to your home. With this extra heat, your air conditioner would have to work harder.

Make sure that you are replacing your furnace filters at least every 3 months. Filters that have a lot of dirt and dust on them restrict air flow, causing your air conditioner to work much harder. As well, changing your filters often will help keep your home clean by not having dust redistributed throughout your home.

For all your cooling needs in your home, contact Reliable Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd.

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