How can I better control my home energy costs?

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

Comfort units typically use more energy than any other appliance in your home. This is seen on your monthly utility expenses, but it’s essential to know utility expenses can be managed in a few ways.

Tune-Ups: One way to manage energy prices is to schedule yearly maintenance. Furnace maintenance helps your comfort systems work correctly and efficiently. Operating dirty HVAC equipment may create lower efficiency and damage to your system.

High efficiency: If you’re in the market for a new heating and cooling system, think about getting a high-efficiency system. They’re created to lower your heating and cooling bills and save 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 regions, which are heated or cooled based on your settings. With a zoning system, you no longer pay to heat or cool rarely used rooms. And you can get the precise temperature you need in highly occupied spaces.

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