How can I better control my home energy costs?

With energy prices increasing, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the price of heating and cooling your house in Canada.

Heating and cooling units frequently use more energy than any other appliance in your home. This is shown on your monthly utility expenses, but it’s essential to know heating and cooling expenses can be managed in a couple ways.

Tune-Ups: One way to lower energy expenses is to schedule seasonal upkeep. Furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps your comfort systems operate as designed and efficiently. Operating dirty HVAC equipment may create decreased efficiency and damage to your equipment.

High efficiency: If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, think over buying a high-efficiency system. They’re made to lower your heating and cooling expenses and use less natural resources. When selecting a new heating and cooling piece of equipment, pay close attention to the HVAC energy-efficiency ratings—SEER for air conditioners and AFUE for furnaces. The higher the SEER or AFUE, the higher the efficiency and savings.

Zoning: Home zoning can tremendously decrease your heating bills. This divides your space into individual comfort sections, which are heated or cooled based on your needs. With a zoning system, you no longer pay to heat or cool rarely used areas. And you can get the correct temperature you need in highly occupied areas.

Smart thermostats: Smart thermostats can make a major difference in energy needs. These thermostats pick up on your household’s schedule and decrease energy requirements while you’re gone. You can also use your smartphone or other Wi-Fi-enabled device to adjust temperature settings away.