Conserve Energy with your Air Conditioner
July 7, 2015
With summer finally starting to show its head in Ontario, we thought it would be a good time to talk about conservation.
We always hear about water conservation during the particularly dry summer months, but it is also very important to remember energy conservation. It may not seem like much, but a degree can make a difference.
When the mercury rises, many people reach for the thermostat, cranking their air conditioning to the coolest setting possible and leaving it there. They have been taught this is the best thing to do. In reality, doing this puts a strain on both your air conditioner and the electrical grid as a whole. We are here to share with you other ways to deal with the heat that will potentially save you both money and costly repairs.
First, try setting your air conditioner a couple degrees warmer than you normally might. A degree or two won’t make much difference to the overall feel of your house but can be much less taxing on your system. Remember, the cooler you set your air conditioner, the harder the unit is working. Remember, your air conditioner will also remove a lot of the ambient humidity in your home, making the air feel cooler.
If you are finding that the air in your home is still quite humid, invest in a dehumidifier. You will find that your home feels much cooler even when the air conditioner isn’t cranked up to 11.
Another thing to do is keep an eye on the weather station. If The Weather Network starts warning you that tomorrow will be extremely hot and muggy, turn on your air conditioner the night before to get your house to a comfortable temperature. It is a lot easier for your AC unit to maintain rather than lower temperature, so turning on the unit the night before allows it to work on your indoor climate before outside turns into a sauna.
Finally, don’t be afraid to turn off your air conditioner every once in a while! If you know there are going to be a few days of cooler weather, turn off your unit and let in some fresh air. It will put less strain on your unit and will save you some money to boot.
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