Handy Hints & Tips

Home Energy & Efficiency Tips

1. Maintain your heating and cooling system
The best way to keep your equipment running at peak performance is to have us schedule you in for annual service checks after the initial installation. In addition to this we also recommend that you clean or change air filters every change of season.

2. Shade your windows
Shade all your windows, as well as ensure that internal window coverings are insulated to help keep the heat out on those hot summer days. For the outdoors awnings and pergolas are great.

3. Seal air leaks
Fixing leaks around your home will help you get the full performance out of insulation. Seal gaps around doors with weather stripping  or door stoppers to prevent cold air flowing in. This will also improve efficiency.

4. Seal ducts
Ducts that are damaged or blocked can leak conditioned air and reduce your system’s efficiency by as much as 20%. The only way you can do this is by checking the ductwork in your roof or under the floor. However we know that this is not always practical and it’s a good idea if you leave these sorts of items to us, and we can take care of them for you.

5. Replace old equipment with energy efficient products
When purchasing heating or cooling equipment, look at the energy rating label. These days all new products are manufactured using advanced technology to help you save on energy bills short and long term, as well as improve the comfort in your home.

6. Make sure equipment is the right size for your home
Remember that bigger isn’t necessarily better. If the heating or cooling unit is too large for your home, it will frequently cycle on and off, which wastes energy. Also, what this means is that it won’t run long enough to remove humidity from the air, which can impact the comfort and health of your home. Again this is why it’s important to have a professional and licensed company do the installation for you.

7. Install a programmable thermostat and use it efficiently
Programmable thermostats give you greater control over your heating and cooling system, including timing, temperatures and which areas you want to heat or cool at the one time or all together for whole home comfort.  You can set your system to keep the air conditioning at a minimum while you’re at work, and have it start up an hour before you arrive home. During winter, you can lower your house’s temperature overnight, and have it warm up again before sunrise.  Set heating and cooling thermostat temperatures as low as you feel comfortable with during winter (19-20ºC) and as high as you feel comfortable with during summer (24-26ºC). Each 1ºC above during winter and below during summer will increase energy use by around 10%.