It’s no secret that Hamilton summers can get unbearably hot. Many Canadian homeowners who have air conditioners take respite from the heat in their cool, comfortable, air-conditioned homes. However, beating the heat with an air conditioner can be costly, and it’s important to make sure you’re getting the best performance from your HVAC system without breaking the bank. Here are some simple HVAC dos and don’ts to help you save energy and money this summer.

Do: Change Your Furnace Filter Often
A clean air filter is a great way to ensure your air conditioner is working as efficiently as possible this summer. Whether you have central air conditioning, ductless air conditioning, or a heat pump, make sure to change or clean the filter at least once every 30 days for the best results.

Don’t: Leave Your Windows Open
We all enjoy a fresh breeze throughout our homes occasionally, however, having your windows open while your air conditioner is pumping only forces the system to work harder to keep your home cool. To save energy in the summer, only open your windows when you don’t have the need to use your air conditioner on cooler days closer to the fall. Keeping the blinds closed eliminates heat gain and ceiling fans help to ensure the cold air is moving around the space.

Do: Invest In A Programmable Thermostat
Investing in a programmable (or smart) thermostat is a great way to save energy in the summer. A programmable thermostat can be controlled remotely, can be adjusted to change temperatures according to your schedule, and even adjust itself depending on how many people are in your home at any given time. This will ensure your home is being kept at the exact right temperature, saving you energy and money.

Don’t: Turn Off Your Air Conditioner When You’re Out Of The House
It’s a common misconception that to save energy during the summer you should turn off your air conditioner when you’re not home. This is not correct because it forces your air conditioner to work much harder when you turn it back on again at the end of the day. Doing this can cost you more money, and even shorten the lifespan of your AC. Unless you are leaving your home for 24 hours or more, it’s best to leave the unit at a consistent temperature.

Do: Use Your Ceiling Fans for Help
Some homeowners believe that ceiling fans are obsolete if they have central air conditioning; this is untrue. Ceiling fans are a great way to redistribute cool air throughout your home and keep your space cooler for less of a cost. Turning on your ceiling fans throughout the summer can help you stay comfortable without turning up your air conditioning.

Don’t: Miss Out on Annual Preventative Maintenance
We cannot stress enough the importance of scheduling annual preventative maintenance for your air conditioner. Annual maintenance is extremely valuable as it keeps your air conditioner clean, catches issues before they become significant, and keeps the validity of your warranty intact. The best way to save money and energy this summer is to call the experts at HAMCO to perform quick and simple maintenance on your HVAC system asap!

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