Keep Your Toronto Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank Published on August 10, 2015 When it comes to the Toronto climate, it can be difficult to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the average homeowner will spend about half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to try and decrease that number, it may be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to talk about upgrading your home’s air conditioning system. In a recent USA Today article, Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan says “Residents should strongly consider replacing a central air more than a dozen years old. Switching it out for one that carries an ENERGY STAR® rating could pare your cooling costs by roughly 30 percent.” Your savings will depend on the age of the air conditioner, but typically, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological advancements made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient. Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners may help decrease your energy costs, but don’t short sell the importance of routine air conditioner service. Hogan and Dan DiClerico, senior editor of Consumer Reports also remind us that cleaning and changing air filters can greatly improve the performance of your air conditioner. Also mentioned as vital keys to keeping your home cool without breaking the bank:Add insulation to your atticMake sure your home is well-sealedSeal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going to the correct areasSet your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees CelsiusClose vents in rooms that are unoccupiedTurn on a ceiling fan in the room you are in Whether you’re looking to set up air conditioner service or want to find out more about your replacement air conditioner possibilities, give the experts at Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 905-453-6700 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.