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We can help. Try these no-cost and low-cost tips to cool off and save energy.
Soaring temperatures can have us rushing to lower the thermostat, but instead of blasting the air conditioner, check out these resources, and natural cooling tips to help cool your home as efficiently as possible. You will stay comfortable while controlling your costs.
Annual servicing can reduce your cooling costs by up to 10
per cent and extend the life of your system.
Clogged filters restrict airflow and make your system work overtime. Refer to your owner's manual to see how often you should do this.
About 20 per cent of airflow is lost to leaks. Seal cracks and holes with mastic sealant or foil tape – this will also help control humidity.
Keep weeds and debris away from your outdoor condenser unit to allow the air to circulate freely. Prune foliage at least 24 cm back.
Set your thermostat to 25°C when you are at home. Raise it to 28°C (or, better yet, off) when you are away.
Plant trees or shrubs to shade your outdoor condenser and improve efficiency by up to 10%. Keep your thermostat out of direct sunlight as well.
Proper attic ventilation can reduce the strain on your central air conditioner by moving hot air out.
Remove heat and humidity by using your bathroom fan during and after a shower and your range hood while cooking.
Caulk, seal or weatherstrip around doors and windows to keep hot air out and cool air in.
Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day to block out the sunlight and naturally cool your home.
An ENERGY STAR® certified high-efficiency model can cut cooling costs as much as 30
per cent*. While you may pay a little more
up front, you will save on energy costs over time.
✔ Proven reliability
✔ Quiet performance
✔ Better warranty protection
✔ Improved air quality
✔ Use less energy
* Assumes replacement of a model 12 years or older.
The official Canadian EnerGuide label displays the model type and seasonal energy efficiency ratio or SEER. The SEER measures how efficiently the system runs over the entire cooling season. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. You can use this rating to compare the energy efficiency of different models.
The most energy-efficient units will also be ENERGY STAR® certified.
A ceiling fan allows you to raise your thermostat by 4°C without affecting your comfort. Set blades to run in a counter-clockwise direction to circulate cool air downwards.
Open a few windows to create cross ventilation. For the best results, open a lower window on one side of your home and an upper window on the opposite side.
When it comes to hiring a contractor, it pays to do your homework.
Here is how to be better prepared.
Newer models are more reliable and less prone to breakdowns.
Must be ENERGY STAR® certified, minimum 18+ SEER/13 EER rating.
Reduces home heating costs by 25% per year†
Must be equipped with ECM motor. Offer ends December 31, 2018.
Save up to 50% on heating costs†. Also works for cooling!
$50 when you install a new adaptive thermostat.
Reduce energy costs up to 15%
Significantly increases energy savings and is easy to install
Must have a variable-speed ECM motor
*Incentives are available for installation of eligible equipment completed between January 1 and December 31, and submitted no later than February 1. Subject to additional terms and conditions found here. Equipment must be purchased from and installed by a participating contractor.
†Estimated annual electricity cost savings are based on past program experience. Actual savings may vary.
Subject to additional terms and conditions found at saveonenergy.ca. TM Trademark of the Independent Electricity System Operator. Used under license.