Your HVAC system plays a vital role in keeping the house warm (during winter) and cool (in summer). All you need to do is set the thermostat to the correct temperature, then let the HVAC system do its part. All thermostats aren’t, however, created the same. Many of the newer thermostats are designed to improve […]
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There’s more to indoor air quality than merely a green building buzzword; it’s an essential consideration for any homeowner planning to have a healthy and comfortable environment. As of now, Canadians spend around 90% of their time indoors – based on the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS). Therefore, if the air quality […]
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Air Conditioner Tips & Tricks
Buying a larger air conditioner for your home may not necessarily make your home cooler during the hot summer months. If an air conditioner is too large it won't cool the house properly either. As odd as that may sound, it's important to purchase an air conditioner that is the right size for your home. Too large, and the home may feel damp and clammy, too small and it may be hot and sticky. It's a delicate balance to find the exact right size for your home.
If you've ever had an air conditioner unit in your home, you know that you can set it to “auto” and it will run throughout the day and night as needed. You can then add a circulating fan to your home and rest assured that the house is being kept at an optimal temperature with your air conditioning unit.
Instead of using air conditioning, you may find better results if you install a house fan for the entire house. These will work well in most climates and help to exhaust the warm air to the outside areas. It will keep your home cooler and more comfortable during the hot summer months.
Cool Tips to Know
Set your thermostat as high as you can tolerate it. This will help to keep your house at a comfortable level. The closer the temperatures between keeping your home cool and what the home is, the better and the less hard it has to work.
Use interior fans along with window air conditioners to help spread the cooler air around the home without increasing the use of power.
Avoid using heat generating appliances like lamps or televisions near thermostats that could misread the true temperature of the home.
Long-Term Tips for Saving
Update older air conditioners with Energy Star models. Remember, older models used more energy so you want to save as much as possible. The savings of buying a newer unit may far outweigh the older units cooling benefits.
Opt for a whole house fan to help cool the air more rapidly if it will work well in your climate. Keep the thermostat set so that the difference is minimal so that your unit won't have to work so hard to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.
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