Top Tips for Efficiently Heating and Cooling Your Home

Heating and cooling is typically the largest energy drain for homeowners in Mississauga and throughout the GTA. In fact, heating and cooling for most Canadian homeowners accounts for nearly 50% of total household energy expenditure. Not only might this increase each household’s carbon footprint, but it can also be quite costly for homeowners. Thankfully, there are a number of measures you can take to more efficiently heat and cool your home.

1. Install a Programmable Thermostat

If you’re like most of us, you want your home to be at the ideal temperature when you return after a long day at work. But heating and cooling your Mississauga home all day while no one is there is unnecessary and expensive. The solution? A programmable thermostat. These inexpensive devices allow you to activate and deactivate your heating and cooling system at certain times to ensure you’re heating and cooling only when you really need to.

2. Ensure your HVAC Systems Are Well Maintained
You can have the best HVAC system on the planet, but if it isn’t regularly serviced and properly maintained, it won’t run at full capacity. It may continue to function, but it’s likely that it will take much longer to modify your home’s temperature and require much more energy to do so. Investing in a maintenance plan is the best antidote to this potential energy drain.

3. If You Need a New HVAC Unit, Buy an Energy Star Certified Model
If your HVAC unit is approaching 15 years of age, then it may be time to replace it. Though this can be pricey, it will almost certainly save you on heating and cooling costs. Not only will a new system run better, if you select an Energy Star certified model, it’s guaranteed to function more efficiently.

4. Keep Windows and Doors Closed
It may seem obvious, but even a single open window can make your HVAC system work much harder than it needs to and affect your energy bill. Keep doors and windows closed. In addition, it can be helpful to keep curtains and blinds closed in summer to prevent the sun from warming your home but open in winter to encourage this type of solar heating.

5. Improve your Home’s Insulation
When it comes to heating and cooling, an improperly insulated home is a huge energy drain. Make sure you have sufficient insulation in your attic and elsewhere in your Mississauga home to ascertain your HVAC system doesn’t have to work overly hard to obtain the ideal temperature for your living space. Additionally, ensure the seals around seal ducts, doors and windows are intact.

How We Can Help
Aire One Heating & Cooling is Ontario’s HVAC expert. We provide a range of furnaces and air conditioners and also offer complete repair and maintenance services (including 24/7 emergency service) for all HVAC systems. Contact us today to find out
about our maintenance plan packages, and keep our number handy should you need a repair.

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