How can I better control my home energy costs?

With energy prices going up, there are a few processes you can take to decrease the cost of heating and cooling your residence in Toronto.

Comfort pieces of equipment typically consume more energy than any other appliance in your home. This is shown on your monthly energy expenses, but it’s important to remember energy expenses can be managed in a few ways.

Maintenance: One approach to lower heating and cooling prices is to schedule seasonal maintenance. Furnace maintenance helps your heating and cooling pieces of equipment operate as designed and efficiently. Operating filthy heating and cooling equipment can result in lower efficiency and damage to your unit.

High efficiency: If you’re in the market for an updated HVAC system, consider investing in a high-efficiency system. They’re created to lower your utility costs and save natural resources. When picking an updated heating and cooling piece of equipment, check for 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 dramatically reduce your heating costs. This portions your house into individual comfort regions, 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 spaces. And you can enjoy the precise temperature you need in busy spaces.

Smart thermostats: Smart thermostats can make a sizeable difference in energy use. 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 away.