Your air conditioner is responsible for a great deal of your comfort. In addition to cooling your home, it can also help combat humidity levels. Choosing the best possible air conditioner for your home and unique cooling habits, keeping up with maintenance and many other practices can lead to more efficient and effective cooling in your home year after year. Metro Air Limited in Ontario is glad to provide you with this guide to help you understand how to make the best use of your home air conditioning.
Buy a Properly Sized Air Conditioner
Having the right size of air conditioner for your home is a must. Many people believe that upsizing their unit will automatically mean better cooling. This couldn’t be further from the truth. If an Air Conditioner is oversized, it may cool your house down quickly BUT it won’t run long enough to properly dehumidify the air. The result is cold, wet air that is not at all comfortable. You want an AC system that supports your family’s air conditioning needs and provides the best comfort level. If your home is newly built, you should ask your builder what size Air Conditioner your house model is rated for based upon the mechanical plans (NOT just on square footage). If you are replacing your air conditioner, then please call Metro Air Limited and we can send a qualified Home Comfort Advisor to help identify the best sized AC for your home.
Invest in an Energy-Efficient AC System
HVAC systems are available in different sizes and also different SEER ratings that indicate their efficiency levels. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the device. Products that meet or exceed EPA standards for energy efficiency, design, and performance will come with an Energy Star label to make them easy to spot. Highly efficient air conditioners may come with a higher up-front cost, but they will save money on utility bills, lowering costs in the long run.
Use a Smart Thermostat With Zoning
A smart thermostat gives you the opportunity to automatically set the temperature on your air conditioner based on your habits. You won’t have to worry about forgetting to change the AC temperature when you leave the house since it does this automatically according to the schedule that you set. Many smart thermostats also afford you the opportunity to control your AC system from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet. A smart thermostat leads to increased efficiency, can help reduce your energy consumption, and make cooling your home a simpler and more convenient task.
Promote Free and Proper Air Flow
Most homes use vents or ducts to transport temperature-controlled air to the different areas of your home.
You can promote proper airflow through the following simple methods:
- Ensure any floor vents are completely unobstructed
- Shut off airflow to unused rooms
- Using your thermostat, set the fan to “on” rather than “auto”. This will help equalize the temperature between the different floors in your home
- Invest in a Zoning System to automatically control dampers. Contact Metro Air Limited for more details
Increase Home Efficiency Levels
Your home’s efficiency level determines how well it keeps your indoor air inside. A drafty home that is not well insulated or has inefficient windows or doors will allow the nice cool air to escape outside. Your air conditioner will need to work harder to replace that cooled air.
You can take action to increase your home’s efficiency, including:
- Using efficient roofing materials
- Adding insulation in walls, attic, and basement
- Installing efficient windows, shades, and doors
- Repairing cracks in your home
- Shutting doors and windows when the AC is in use
Reduce Heat Generated Within the Home
We create heat all the time, and some of it is unnecessary. You can eliminate the amount of heat you produce throughout the day by using efficient light bulbs, cooking with the BBQ instead of the oven and, if weather permits, drying your clothes outside. Since temperatures drop at night, it’s also a good idea to perform heat-generating tasks in the evenings instead of during the day.
Find Alternative Ways to Stay Cool
Explore different ways to stay cool without using your air conditioner. Small changes can make a big difference! Some of the things you can try include:
- Wearing lighter materials indoors (ex. cotton and silk)
- Turning on ceiling fans (and keeping them rotating the correct way for the summer)
- Drinking cold liquids
- Switching a home exercise schedule to the evenings
- Closing floor vents and doors to unused rooms
- Closing blinds/curtains on sunny days
Schedule Regular HVAC Maintenance
Like most complex appliances, your HVAC system requires regular maintenance once a year. Ideally, scheduling your tune-up in the spring before you have to turn your AC on for the first time is best practice, but it’s never too late to give your air conditioner the treatment it deserves. When you keep up on regular maintenance, your AC system will work better, more efficiently and last longer.
Contact Metro Air Limited to learn how we can help you make the most of your air conditioning this summer. Metro Air Limited offers a full range of trusted HVAC services in Ontario, including AC sales, installation, repair, and maintenance. Some of our other services include fireplace services, tankless water heaters, safety tune-ups, indoor air quality and other trusted solutions to improve the comfort of your home. Call today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!