How can I better control my home energy costs?

With energy prices increasing, there are a few processes you can take to lower the cost of heating and cooling your home in the Niagara Region.

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

Tune-Ups: One way to lower energy prices is to schedule annual tune-ups. Furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps your comfort pieces of equipment operate as designed and efficiently. Using dusty HVAC equipment may create decreased efficiency and damage to your system.

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

Zoning: Home zoning can drastically decrease your heating expenses. This portions 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 sizeable difference in energy use. These thermostats learn your loved ones’ 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.