No doubt about it, air conditioning goes a long way to make Ottawa’s hot summer days more bearable. But that deliciously cool AC can seriously hike up your utility bills – and your carbon footprint.
So what’s a conscientious consumer to do? Simple: Set your central air conditioning at the best temperature for comfort and energy efficiency. And follow our tips to save money on electricity.
1. Set air conditioning at 25.5° (or above)
Why is this the best temperature for air conditioning? It’s the right amount to take the edge off the heat, making your home temperature moderate, rather than chilly.
2. Find your comfort zone
In spite of your good intentions, you or your household members might find air conditioning set at 25.5° a bit too high for comfort. Don’t give up on your energy-saving goal; adjust the temperature downward, just one degree at a time, till you find a setting you can live with.
3. Adjust the temperature while you’re away
When you plan to be away from home for more than an hour or so, raise the setting a few degrees. (Don’t shut off the AC completely, or it will gobble even more energy to cool your house down once you return.)
4. Control AC temperature easily
Install a programmable or smart thermostat. One of these handy little devices will simplify setting the air conditioner at just the right temperature for you.
5. Keep your filter clean
An air filter that’s not clogged with dirt will reduce your AC system’s energy usage anywhere from 5-15%. So check that filter at least once a month, and clean or replace it as required. A dirty air filter can cause many complications, one being your air conditioner freezing up.
6. Run a fan
A floor or ceiling fan is an inexpensive energy-efficient appliance, which cools in two ways. Position it for a refreshing breeze when you are sitting or lying down. And utilize it to supplement your air conditioner by improving the circulation of cooled air.
7. Avoid overheating your home
A house that’s not overly hot will naturally cost less to cool. Cut down on your use of heat-producing appliances, such as your oven or clothes dryer — or at least schedule baking and laundry for milder morning and evening hours.
8. Use energy-saving window treatments
Yes, you read right. Covering south or west-facing windows with thermal curtains or blinds is an affordable way to reduce heat transfer on blazing days. Plus, these window treatments can add a touch of style to your home.
9. Take good care of your system
Air conditioning that’s well maintained, regularly cleaned, and promptly repaired will function more smoothly, consume less energy, and last longer. Think of it as “TLC for your AC.”
We Care About Your AC
We also care about your comfort, your budget, and the environment.
That’s why you can rely on us to keep your air conditioning in top energy-efficient shape, whether you need tune-up or repair services. For even greater peace of mind, invest in an Ottawa Home Services air conditioner protection plan.