During our hot, humid Ontario summers, most of the energy used by HVAC systems goes into cooling your home. By implementing three simple steps, you can increase the efficiency of your air conditioner, which will ultimately save energy and extend the life of your cooling system.
Here’s what to do:
- Avoid taxing your air conditioner: Wait until the outside temperature cools down in the evening to use your oven and other heat-generating appliances. Hang clothing to dry if possible, but if you do use a clothes dryer, make sure it vents outside to avoid a buildup of heat and humidity indoors. Set your thermostat at 25 or 26 degrees in the summer, and boost the cooling power of your air conditioner with the use of ceiling and room fans.
- Keep the hot sun out of your house: Close curtains, especially on windows that face the sun. For a long-term investment in energy-saving shade, plant trees and shrubs near sun-facing windows. Deciduous trees will provide leafy shade in summer but allow the sun to reach your windows in winter.
- Check for air leaks: Inspect windows and doors for drafts and seal any leaks with caulk or weatherstrips. This will keep outdoor heat from entering your home in summer and will help deter icy drafts in winter. You can also check your ductwork for leaks, but it’s a good idea to have those leaks sealed by a professional HVAC contractor.
These are just a few of the many simple steps you can take to reduce your cooling load. For more comprehensive energy assistance, consider annual HVAC maintenance from a qualified professional who can make sure your system is working at its best and can give you great tips on saving energy while taking care of your system too.