How can I better control my home energy costs?

With energy expenses going up, there are a few processes you can take to decrease the price of heating and cooling your home in the Niagara Region.

Heating and cooling pieces of equipment typically use more energy than any other appliance in your house. This is reflected on your monthly utility expenses, but it’s important to remember energy expenses can be regulated in a couple ways.

Upkeep: One way to manage energy expenses is to schedule annual tune-ups. Furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps your comfort pieces of equipment operate correctly and efficiently. Running filthy comfort equipment may create decreased efficiency and damage to your equipment.

High efficiency: If you’re wanting to buy for a modern HVAC system, consider buying a high-efficiency system. They’re made to decrease your heating and cooling expenses and save natural resources. When picking a modern heating and cooling piece of equipment, check for the HVAC energy-efficiency ratings—SEER for air conditioners and AFUE for furnaces. The better the SEER or AFUE, the greater the efficiency and savings.

Zoning: Home zoning can dramatically decrease your heating bills. This sections your space into distinct comfort areas, which are heated or cooled based on your needs. With a zoning system, you don’t need to pay to heat or cool rarely used rooms. And you can have the precise temperature you want in highly occupied rooms.

Smart thermostats: Smart thermostats can make a major difference in energy needs. These thermostats learn your household’s schedule and adjust energy consumption while you’re not at home. You can also use your smartphone or other Wi-Fi-enabled device to raise or lower temperature settings when you’re out and about.