Hot temperatures have us relying on air conditioning to keep us cool. And since we spend most of our energy dollars controlling our home's temperature, if your unit is more than 10 years old, it may be time for an upgrade.
Use these tips from Hydro One to help you purchase an efficient model:
- 1. Look for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) labels on air conditioners. Official Canadian EnerGuide labels display the model type and SEER, which measures how efficiently the system runs over the entire cooling season. The higher the rating, the more efficient the system. Use this rating while you shop to compare the energy efficiency of different models.
- 2. Consider investing in an air-source heat pump. It'll serve you all year round, as it provides energy-efficient home heating and cooling. In the summer months, heat pumps cool your home efficiently by removing warm air and transferring it outside. They also act as a dehumidifier, removing moisture from the air indoors.
- 3. Once you've purchased your new unit, make sure it is tuned up once a year. Proper maintenance can reduce your cooling costs by up to 10 per cent and increase the lifespan of your system.