With the weather in Winnipeg reaching 28 degrees Celsius, sunny, and with a high UV Index rating, residents will be cranking up their air conditioning (AC) as they attempt to escape this early summer heat. As Winnipeg’s air conditioning experts, and your neighbors, at Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain we’d like to offer you some tips on how to slash your summer energy bills without sacrificing too much comfort.
There is a lot of wisdom out there when it comes to staying cool with your AC – like keeping doors and windows closed at all times, closing blinds or curtains, and turning off the lights. A well-designed landscape with shade trees provides enough energy savings (heating and cooling) to return your initial investment in six to eight years. Cooling one room with a window air conditioning unit requires much less energy (and investment) than a whole central air system for your house, is another example. Here are a few more.
Use a Programmable Thermostat to save energy by turning the desired temperature up during the day when the house is empty if you have central air controlled by a thermostat. When home, aim to set the temperature at 78 degrees to balance comfort with energy and cost savings. Together with winter energy savings, a programmable thermostat used properly can save the average home up to $150 a year.
Proper maintenance can extend your AC’s life to 20 years – a poorly maintained air conditioner uses 10 to 30 percent more energy and most air-conditioner failures are caused by a lack of maintenance. It’s also important to perform DIY maintenance each year. Check your AC system’s air filter monthly and expect to change the filter every three months. Dirty air filters are the number one cause of air conditioning breakdowns and they cost about seven percent more in energy costs. Ensuring your ductwork is free from for cracks, splits, or bad connections and feel for escaping air when your system is on – then seal them with aluminum duct tape.
Finally, consider replacing your old AC with an Energy Star central air system – it will use about 14 percent less energy than minimum government standards, and a room air conditioner will save at least 10 percent. The older the system you’re replacing and the more you used it, the larger your energy savings will be with a new unit.
At Lynn’s Heating, Cooling, Sewer & Drain, we service all makes and models of furnaces, air conditioners, and hot water tanks. Our staff are licensed, bonded, and insured journeymen with all the right equipment to service your home promptly. If you have questions, require maintenance, a new AC unit, or any other service then contact us today!