Central Air Conditioner Tips and Tricks
For many residents of Toronto or the GTA summer means more exposure to hot and humid temperatures. Of course this also means the occasional ice cream cone and a trip to a local cottage or beach for a few days of rest and relaxation.
With your central air conditioner working to stave off summer’s heat, this time of year also means higher electrical bills for most of us.
Still, there are a few quick things you can do to ensure your home has the best opportunity to keep costs down and efficiency up. Below is a few quick tips on how you can cut back on your energy bills.
Don’t forget About Your Ceiling Fan
Ceiling fans or your conventional floor stand models can make a room feel about four degrees cooler. This is accomplished simply with air movement alone. Of course make sure to turn fans off when you leave the room
Remember That Thermostat
Set your thermostat as high as you can while still feeling comfortable, and try to raise it up a few degrees when you’re away from home. Upon your return drop the temp back to where it is comfortable. Thermostats today are mostly electronic and it’s as simple as pushing a button. Be careful not to lower or raise your homes temperature too much while you are away as it may cost you more to bring the temperature back. Consider a programmable thermostat, which regulates temperatures according to your pre-determined settings and time of day.
Watch Your Air Conditioner
Keep the area around your central air conditioner clean and clear of shrubs, plants and weeds. These types of interference can block air flow and reduce efficiency. Have the air conditioner serviced once a year by a licensed service technician. An inspection usually requires the technician check a number of service points for proper specs and tolerance. This ensures efficient operation and reduces the chance of a breakdown during summer.
Change Your Air Filters
Your central air conditioner uses the same filters as your furnace and thus it needs to be replaced when switching from one season to the next. A clean air filter allows for optimum air flow, decreasing not only the amount of time the air conditioner runs but also how much you spend on electricity costs.
Consider Your Other Appliances
Don’t place lamps, TV sets or similar electrical items near your thermostat, as their heat can affect the general temperature of the area. It may cause your air conditioner to run longer than necessary.
Be Watchful Of Windows
Consider buying a tinted film like the one we mentioned called the Sun Reflector Kit to keep the heat out. A simple window reflective coating can significantly cut down the heat that makes it into your home.