How can I better control my home energy costs?

With energy prices increasing, there are a few steps you can take to reduce the cost of heating and cooling your house in Winnipeg.

Heating and cooling pieces of equipment usually consume more energy than any other appliance in your home. This is reflected on your monthly utility bill, but it’s important to be aware heating and cooling costs can be controlled in a few ways.

Tune-Ups: One approach to lower utility prices is to request annual tune-ups. Furnace maintenance helps your heating and cooling pieces of equipment operate as designed and efficiently. Operating dusty comfort equipment can lead to lost efficiency and damage to your equipment.

High efficiency: If you’re looking to buy for an updated heating and cooling system, think about investing in a high-efficiency system. They’re created to reduce your utility bills and use less natural resources. When picking an updated heating and cooling system, pay close attention to the HVAC energy-efficiency ratings—SEER for air conditioners and AFUE for furnaces. The better the SEER or AFUE, the better the efficiency and savings.

Zoning: Home zoning can tremendously decrease your heating expenses. This divides your home into separate comfort sections, which are heated or cooled based on your settings. With a zoning system, you don’t have to pay to heat or cool seldom used areas. And you can have the correct temperature you desire in highly occupied areas.

Smart thermostats: Smart thermostats can make a big difference in energy needs. These thermostats pick up on your family’s schedule and adjust energy requirements while you’re gone. You can also use your smartphone or other Wi-Fi-enabled device to adjust temperature settings away.

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