Saturday, March 25, 2017

Enjoy super cool Summers - Use these 9 Air Conditioning hacks

Your neighbour's energy bills are much lower than yours while they use the same brands as you. What's the matter? Well instead of feeling jealous, you need to explore what they do that you don't. Using the same brands or the same models is not a major factor. Even the usage doesn't count much. What counts is the fact that how are the appliances being used and what are the ways employed to make the least use of energy consuming appliances. Your neighbour's home is always cool when you enter and you end up assuming they must keep their Air Conditioner on throughout the day. You thought it wrong! Actually, sorry to say but your neighbours are a real genius. They employ wonderfully simple hacks to save energy and make the least use of their Air Conditioners. This helps them stay cool while they also have to pay lower energy bills. Getting curious what they do? Great! We observed your neighbours and noted down the everyday cares they take in Summers. Take your notepads out and let's begin. This Summer's goal is to keep your home cooler than your neighbours with least consumption of energy. Brace yourself!

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1. Hack no.1, don't forget your ceiling fan. As the Summers get intense, people forget using the ceiling fans. However, turning the ceiling fan on in a counterclockwise direction blows cooler air that makes the entire home cool.

2. Your doors and windows need to have a proper seal. Just like in the Winters, you want to be as tightly sealed as possible, in the Summers the insulation is equally benefiting. Seal your doors and windows properly to enjoy cooler Summer.

3. Condensers that are clogged with dust and debris have a hard time working. More energy is used that brings more fatty energy bills. So clean your condenser properly before the intense Summer begins.

4. In Summers, the time to have natural cool air is early morning and night. Open your doors and windows at this time to let fresh cool air inside. This will also help in natural ventilation and in providing fresh air.

5. Duct cleaning will save you cost on your energy bills to a great extent. As the professionals come, they'll clean the ducts as well as the vents and registers which will eventually provide prompt cooling with little energy use.

6. LED lights are a great way to keep your home cool. Guess how? Conventional lights produce a lot of heat while the LED and fluorescent lights not only consume less energy but also do not produce excessive heat.

7. Make use of exhaust fans when cooking or bathing with hot water. This helps take the hot air out before it circulates the home.

8. Make use of an efficient Thermostat (preferably Smart Thermostat) to make an efficient and limited use of your Air Conditioner but keep in mind to not place any heat generating object i.e lamp/bulb/ close to the thermostat.

9. Last but not the least. Replace your old Air Conditioner. 60% of the annual cooling cost can be saved just by replacing the old AC unit.

Hey there! Are you still there? So now you know why your neighbour's home is always cool while their energy bills are also not fatty. These are those hacks that they use. So it's time for you to make use of these hacks and yeah! this Summer's goal is to make your home cooler than your neighbours with least energy consumption. Get set go!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Make the most of your Programmable Thermostat

We observe interesting things on our appliance tune up or repair visits to homes. People often buy home comfort appliances but fail to make the most of them. Often times, the reason of fatty bills is the improper use of appliances. Therefore, we suggest customers read the user manuals properly before beginning to use their appliances and also seek a professional's help to get to learn how can the appliances be used effectively and efficiently. If you have a Programmable Thermostat at home but always turn it off when not in need, there's something you need to explore about it. And don't worry, we'll help you in that.

How do Programmable Thermostats work?
Simply very simply. Although, it's difficult to say with precision the complete working of a Thermostat since tens of Programmable Thermostat makes are in the market, each with its own idiocentric features, a general working principle that all programmable thermostats follow is that they  turn on and off at a given temperature or get automatically set to a programmed temperature on their own. Different thermostats offer different settings, however, the three most common settings that they allow are here under:


5+1+1 day Model
This model allows one schedule for 5 days of the week while 2 separate schedules for Saturdays and Sundays

5+2 days Model
Thermostats that have 5+2 settings allow scheduling of one schedule for entire week while one schedule for the weekends i.e Saturday, Sunday

7 days Model
7 days model is one of the most adopted ones currently in Toronto. This type of Thermostats allow setting different schedules for different days of the week.

Make use of energy saving points
Set energy saving points. Energy saving points is the temperature at which you want your HVAC system to work when you aren't at home. After setting up energy points, the thermostat automatically switches to those points when you aren't at home.  

Make use of Hold Button
Here's another trick to save energy and improve the efficiency of your HVAC appliances. Put the Thermostat on a constant hold when there's a change in your schedules. This will help save a lot of energy.

Set Temperatures Wisely
That is important or else you'll be using your Thermostat and still will be missing the great advantages of it. Analyze the schedule of the family members and set the thermostat accordingly. It is wise to set the turn on time a little before the time for the homeowners to come so that the home is cool as they enter. Similarly, set the Thermostat to turn off a little before you're supposed to leave.

Mount it properly
For your Thermostat to work efficiently, it is important that it is able to sense the surrounding temperature properly. For that, mounting the Thermostat at a place where it can sense proper temperature is important. In case the Thermostat receives direct sunlight, it will function with faulty efficiency. To make the most of your Programmable Thermostat, mount it at a proper location.

Bottom Line
There are simple tricks that most homeowners miss and end up having fatty bills. If you're using any HVAC appliance at your home, go through the user manual in detail. Follow the do's as well as the don'ts. In case you fail to understand some features, ask your service provider or explore the stuff online in order to not miss any benefits.