Save On Air Conditioning This Summer – Part 2

So, here we are in part two of our blog series about how to save on air conditioning this summer. We hope that part one gave you some useful information that will lead to lower energy bills this summer. Without further ado, here’s part two:

Save On Air Conditioning: Turn Up the Temperature

We know that many of our customers don’t want to turn the temperature on their thermostat up at all during the summer. We get it, you’ve got an air conditioner because you want to keep your home cool, but honestly 1 degree won’t be noticed. You may notice it a little at first but your body will adapt. In the end 1 degree can save you a few hundred dollars over the course of a season of use. Essentially, if you’re really hot turning down the temperature as low as it will go doesn’t cool you off any quicker. It simply wastes energy by making you colder than you need to be.

Most households can be comfortable with a temperature of about 78°F (although some adjustments may need to be made for older residents and small children). Keep the temperature around this setting during the daytime and turn it up about 5° or 10° when you leave the house; you may be surprised at how much you save! You can also turn it up or of at night, which was covered in part one of this blog series.

Even More Ways To Save On Air Conditioning

One of the easiest ways to save on air conditioning costs is to book an annual air conditioning maintenance appointment. This ensures that your air conditioner is operating as efficiently and properly as possible. When this is the case it runs perfectly and doesn’t have to work as hard or as long to cool your home, obviously resulting in saved energy and money.

Another way to accomplish this exact same thing is to change the filter often. A dirty filter impeded airflow, which reduces efficiency. It will also reduce the air quality in your home.

On top of all that if you notice a strange noise or sound coming for your air conditioner, or it’s just not working as well as it use to call an air conditioning technician. Getting problems fixed right away means less time running an inefficient air conditioner. It also means that you may be able to avoid a big repair when something even bigger goes wrong.

For more ways to save on air conditioning check out part one of this useful blog series.

If you’ve read enough and want to make an air conditioning maintenance or installation appointment call Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.


Save On Air Conditioning This Summer – Part 1

Summer is just around the corner. It may not feel like it since snow seems to be on every corner these days, but it’ll come faster than you think. When the nice weather is here we all want nothing more than to soak it all up, but that also means we want our homes to be a cool refuge for us at the end of the day. Not a problem since you’ve got an air conditioner, but while you’re at it you might as well save on air conditioning this summer. It’s much easier than you think. Here are some tips.

Save On Air Conditioning: Stay Cool On Your Own

We all know at least one heat wave will barrel through Toronto and the GTA each summer, so ensure that your air conditioner is ready for it. It’s important for the health of your family. Keep yourself and your family cool and you won’t have to run your system as much to save on air conditioning. Here are some ways to keep cool:

  • Avoid strenuous outdoor work, and if you do need to work outside take plenty of breaks and make sure someone is there with you. They can see how the heat affects you just as well as you can feel it affecting you.
  • Listen to your body, and learn to take rests every now and then if needed.
  • Wear light clothing in light colors, as this reflects the sun’s rays, so you won’t burn up and be able to take advantage of any cool breeze.
  • Always drink plenty of water while your working and even when you’re not. Avoid alcohol and caffeine as it dehydrates you, which makes you hotter. This also increase your risk of passing out, heat stroke and other ailments.

Save On Air Conditioning By Giving It A Break

Your air conditioner is a machine, which means it needs a break from time to time. The alternative is that it will experience more wear and tear than it was made to handle at a time and can break down. Here are some tips to save on air conditioning simply by turning off your air conditioner.

  • At night, you can often turn off the AC and open up some windows. It’s simple, the sun goes down and so does the temperatures. Many people also find that the cool night air helps them sleep better.
  • When it’s daytime close your blinds and shades. This will keep the sun and the heat out and allow you to keep your air conditioner off for longer periods at a time.
  • Try to limit your usage of the oven, dryer, washing machine and other appliances that emit a lot of heat. If you can schedule your day so they get used when the temperature drops in the evening you will notice that your home will be much cooler.
  • If you are simply running your air conditioner because you’re at home working on a computer or reading, try going to a library. They’re air conditioned and quiet as well, so you won’t have to run your air conditioning unit all day.
  • Go to the local public pool for a swim instead of sitting in your air conditioned house. You’ll not only cool down, but thank yourself for the exercise.
  • Use fans to help distribute cool air throughout the home.

Stay tuned for more ways to save on air conditioning in part two of this useful blog series.

If you’ve read enough and want to make an air conditioning maintenance or installation appointment call Novel Care Toronto today: 905-737-5016.

3 Home Maintenance Tips You’ll Need This Spring

Being a homeowner isn’t easy. There are increased expenses to consider as well as added responsibility to go along with all that independence and freedom. Home maintenance is a very important thing to consider, especially as the seasons change. Some things can be managed by you directly, while others are better left to the professionals. Have a look below for 3 simple reminders as you get ready for spring and summer.

Home Maintenance Tip 1: Maintaining Yard Tools

Warmer temperatures mean you’ll be seeing your lawn again as it begins to grow. When it comes time to get out the lawnmower, you want to make sure it works. To prepare for this, head over to your shed or garage before it gets too warm out and inspect the condition of your lawnmower. You’ll want to see how sharp the blades are, and if it needs any fuel – if it’s gas powered of course.

Home Maintenance Tip 2: Water You Waiting For?

Frozen faucets aren’t always easy to spot, unless you know what to look for. Once you turn your tap back on, hold your finger over the running water. If you can completely block the flow, there is most likely some type of problem with the pipes that will need to be looked at by a professional.

While you’re inspecting the faucet, you should also take a look at your garden hose too. Obviously, you’ll want to spot and patch any small leaks, but you’ll also want to check for dry rot. This will look a bit grayish in colour and can contribute to more fungus later. If you spot dry rot, especially in a hose, you’re better off to toss it out and replace your garden hose.

Home Maintenance Tip 3: Ward Off Problems With The Right Soil

“April showers bring May flowers” but if your yard has low-lying pockets of soil, those showers can actually flood your lawn. This not only doesn’t look nice, it can also harbour a decent breeding ground for more bugs which can be downright annoying in the summer. Be sure to use compacted soil around your home or to fill any lower areas to avoid this potential problem.

While these home maintenance tips might be useful around your property, don’t forget to book any annual home maintenance you might need indoors. At Novel Care, we’ve spent over 30 years helping our clients in and around Toronto and the GTA. Our HVAC home maintenance and installations experience is second to none. In fact, if you ever need us, contact us at 905-737-5016. We’re available 24/7 to help with a wide variety of air conditioning and HVAC issues. We understand owning a home comes with a lot of responsibility, so let us make home maintenance a little easier for you this season.