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How To Reduce Air Conditioning Costs and Stay Cool


Reduce Air Conditioning Costs

For most Canadians, thoughts about maintaining home comfort and keeping heating and cooling costs down often go hand in hand. We want to ensure that our family and guests can escape the sweltering heat outside when they enter our homes, but we don’t want to break the bank doing it. With increasing energy costs and sweltering summers it’s important to be able to figure out how to reduce air conditioning costs, while maintaining our comfort at home.

Here are a few ways that you can keep cool and save on air conditioning costs at the same time:

Ensure that You Have the Right Sized Air Conditioner
Contrary to common belief, purchasing a larger air conditioner doesn’t mean that you will have a better performing air conditioner. Quite the opposite really. If your air conditioning unit is too large for your house it will be less effective, which is bad news for your energy bills. Additionally, too large a unit will cool your room; however, it won’t effectively remove the humidity, leaving you with a clammy feeling, and that’s definitely not comfortable.

Install a Programmable Thermostat
Installing a thermostat is probably one of the most effective ways to manage your heating and cooling costs. It allows you to account for times when your home is typically empty and raises the allowed temperature. This way, you aren’t cooling an empty home, but also not sweltering when you get home and wait for the AC to cool your home down. Many models allow you to set different heating/cooling profiles during different days of the week. So you can cool your home in a different way on the weekend that you would during the week, or even differentiate between Saturday and Sunday.

Have Your Unit Cleaned and Maintained
In order to promote your unit’s most effective performance, you will need to have it cleaned and maintained on a regular basis. That’s because a poorly maintained air conditioner can use between 10 to 30% more energy. In fact, a large percentage of air conditioner problems actually stem from neglect and lack of maintenance. It really does pay to have your HVAC system regularly maintained.

Reliance offers a 21 point tune-up that checks, tests and cleans 21 essentials components in your air conditioner. This helps your air conditioner to run well, can minimize home cooling costs and helps to extend the life of your unit. To learn more about scheduling a 21 point tune-up contact your local Reliance home comfort specialist, today.

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