Improving the Efficiency of Your Heating and Cooling System

by Rachel Laurendeau on April 30, 2012

As we move through spring towards summer, you’ll want to be sure that your cooling system is working as efficiently as possible. Why waste energy and your hard-earned money on an inefficient system when you can make a few simple changes and have everything run smoothly.

The following tips should help you stay cool this summer and still reduce your energy consumption.

  • On hot sunny days, close your curtains or blinds to reduce passive heat gain; this will lessen the need to run your air conditioning or fans.
  • In many cases, ceiling fans can cool off a room quite well and reduce the need for air conditioning.
  • In the evenings or on days that aren’t too hot, open up your windows and let some fresh air flow through the house and cool it naturally.
  • Clean or change your air filter regularly, as per the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure that there is good airflow and your system is not working overtime to get past the dirt. In most cases, you can vacuum the filter monthly and change it every three months or when it looks dirty.
  • Raise the temperature setting on your air conditioner by a few degrees. There is no need to walk into a deep freeze when coming into your home and this can save quite a bit of energy.
  • You can also install a programmable thermostat which allows you to pre-program different temperatures for different times of the day. These presets mean that you don’t have to run your system at full force when everyone is away at work or school or that you can turn it up a few degrees at night.
  • Consider having a yearly maintenance checkup done on your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. Having an expert perform a yearly tune-up ensures that your system is performing its best.
  • While you are having your maintenance done, consider having your air ducts cleaned, sealed and insulated. According to the experts at Allied Services Inc., “sealing and insulting ducts can improve the efficiency of your cooling and heating system by at least 20% or more.”
  • When upgrading your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system, choose a high efficiency system and talk to your contractor about whether or not an ERV/HRV would be suitable for your home.

Talk to your local home improvement expert or heating and air conditioning contractor for more information on how to improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling system.

If you found this blog post interesting, you may also want to read Spring Season Maintenance – Heating and Cooling.

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