At this point in August, you’re likely feeling the heat — both when it comes to weather and your air conditioning bill! In the midst of elevated temperatures, the only thing on your mind is relief. Turning up the air conditioning is an obvious way to cope, but this results in higher costs for keeping cool.
Keep your bill from rising with these simple and helpful tips on fighting these common culprits. This way, there are no surprises ahead with your bill!
Reduce the sunlight
This is an obvious one, but worth bringing up as a cost-savings measure. Summer rays are some of the hottest of the year, increasing the temperatures inside your home to rival outside.
Instead of cranking up the air conditioning — especially when you aren’t home — try and keep the sun out in the first place. Draw the blinds and close the curtains to block sunlight in the crucial afternoon hours. Having a lower temperature to start with keeps your system from having to work too hard or too long to make it nice and cool.
Maintain your windows
Beyond keeping the curtains closed, check your windows for any leaks. Poorly sealed windows will let cool air escape and affects the air quality within your home. Plus, it makes your air conditioning system work harder as it has to constantly cool warm air instead of maintaining a cooler temperature.
You can deal with this by ensuring you have energy efficient windows installed with weather stripping to eliminate any leaks. There is a cost for window replacement or maintenance, but you’ll definitely save in the long run as your cooling bills drop.
Replace your air filters
We care about your HVAC system here at Afterglow, and you should too! This system keeps your air circulating properly, helping to keep things cool. If your air filters are dirty, they work harder to move air throughout your home.
Thankfully, replacing your filters is an easy way to keep things flowing the way they should. It reduces the amount of energy your HVAC system uses so your air will be cleaner and your family will be healthier. And it’s something you can do yourself!
Update your thermostat
Advances in technology means that today’s smart home thermostats can offer even more convenience, especially when it comes to your cooling bill. Programmable thermostats adjust the temperature automatically when you’re away from home. A learning thermostat will adapt to your preferences over time, taking the thinking out of keeping your home cool.
Get your system serviced
Having your system operating at peak efficiency is essential for keeping your cooling costs down. Bringing in the experts from Afterglow to clean coils, check connections and ensure that your system’s coolant is at its proper levels. This also helps eliminate any surprises during hot long weekends!
Rely on Afterglow for honest and professional service. When it comes to keeping your home comfortable, you need someone you can trust. For service emergencies, call 519-747-7732 for a guaranteed response time of four hours or less.
There’s a YouTube tutorial for virtually anything these days. But watching a “How-To” video on HVAC repairs doesn’t make you an expert. Although it would be nice to keep your costs down by doing the work yourself, no matter how many videos you watch — you still won’t be as good as a trained professional!
Here are three reasons why you should never conduct HVAC installations and repairs by yourself:
1) Special equipment is a must
You can’t fix everything with a hammer and nails — or a bit of duct tape! There are specific tools required to accurately identify and fix HVAC repair problems. One wrong tool can completely destroy your unit — HVAC technicians are trained extensively to use these tools and technologies.
2) No license? That’s a problem
As previously stated, HVAC technicians are highly trained. HVAC repairs are complex, and often require precise calculations to reflect the size of your home’s HVAC unit. If these calculations do not add up, there could be significant damage caused to both your unit and potentially your home.
3) You can potentially endanger yourself and your family
As grim as it sounds, an amateur job poses the risk of severe injury or death. It should go without saying that working with flammables, refrigerants, high electrical voltage and toxic fumes is not for your average Joe or Jane. A standard WHMIS training session won’t cut it. An insufficient fix can still cause a fire or release of carbon monoxide into your home.
So, what can you do by yourself?
While you should leave the big jobs up to the professionals, you can still do some regular check ups yourself. For example, you should be checking and cleaning your filters regularly to ensure the air quality in your home is high. Failure to clean your filters will result in your unit overworking itself, which will lead to larger repair problems.
Secondly, you should be checking the batteries for your carbon monoxide detector frequently to make sure your home is safe from poisonous gas.
Stay safe and hire a professional for your home’s HVAC maintenance. Contact Afterglow for honest, professional service to keep your home comfortable. For service emergencies, call 519-747-7732 for a guaranteed response time of four hours or less.
The heat is on! We have some cool tips for you as the temperature rises, and for the “techies” out there, a great way to start saving money and make your home a smart home! Our feature product of the month is the EcoBee3 Smart Wifi Thermostat. The EcoBee promises “all over home comfort”. Ordinary thermostats read the temperature in one room (usually the hallway) which can make your favourite rooms uncomfortable. That’s why EcoBee3 was created. It works with remote sensors to deliver the right temperature in the rooms that matter most.
With a one-year warranty, Afterglow can install EcoBee in your home for $395 +HST and walk you through your new Smart Thermostat.
“We have installed many EcoBee3’s across Waterloo Region and Guelph. Our customers love the way it keeps their homes at a livable temperature and saves them money on their heating bills.” Stephen McDonald Afterglow GM.
EcoBee is compatible with 95% of residential heating and cooling systems in North America and virtually all commercial heating and cooling equipment.
EcoBee is a one-time investment that gives you remote access, online reports and mobile app capability. Security is a top priority for EcoBee using similar security technology as banks, government agencies and e-commerce sites.
Don’t wait! Get access and start saving money. Call us to install EcoBee3 today!
Why not Nest
Nest is another smart wifi thermostat and arguably EcoBee3’s largest competitor. Nest has apps, allows you to change the temperature via the apps, set schedules and choose temperature preferences. What Nest doesn’t have is remote sensors to let your thermostat know you’re “home”. Using Echo, the voice activation technology associated with EcoBee, you can set your home to a specific temperature, turn the temperature up or down or simply as EcoBee to make your home cooler or warmer.
With over a billion users, almost one-third of all people on the Internet, it’s safe to say that YouTube is a digital media powerhouse. That’s why it’s not surprising that most businesses have video content included into their marketing strategies — like us!
Did you know that Afterglow has a YouTube channel? For over three years we have been sharing fun workplace and HVAC tip videos on afterglowkw. Recently, the Afterglow staff had fun re-watching these videos and seeing which ones our audience watched the most.
Rather than have you search our channel, we’ve decided to share our top videos here. These were all determined by your views — enjoy!
CO2 Pipe Freezing
Viessmann Cast Iron Boiler Fail
Afterglow – Eastview Apartment Heating System
We also have a soft spot for the first video we ever published. On February 21, 2013, our General Manager, Stephen McDonald, explained what a 15 point furnace inspection looks like. Watch it and learn how your furnace works, plus how you can keep it safe while saving money!
Forgot to get a 15 point furnace inspection? Schedule an appointment by giving us a call (519-747-7732) or sending us anemail our Office Administrator, Brigitte Toutant. With winter’s recent return, it’s far better to be safe than sorry.
Did you know that the average Canadian spends about 90% of their time indoors and that the EPA estimates indoor air can be 2-5 times dirtier than outdoor air? Don’t you want your home to be as clean and healthy as possible? Installing an air purifier can help you achieve this!
How do indoor air purifiers work?
Air purifiers pull the dirty air in your home through a series of filters that remove airborne particles like dust and bacteria. They then circulate the purified air back into the rooms in your home. This process repeats itself several times an hour, keeping your living space clean, healthy and comfortable.
If you don’t think an air purifier is a right choice for your home here are five reasons to reconsider:
1. Ensures your family is breathing clean air
The first benefit of an air purifier is that it improves the overall cleanliness of your indoor air by removing contaminants. With estimations of indoor air being 2-5 times dirtier than outdoor air (and sometimes up to 100% dirtier), a good air purifier ensures your breathing cleaner and healthier air.
2. Less pet mess
You may love your pet, but your furry friend releases pet dander, fur, and other airborne allergens into the air in your home—not to mention the smells! Whether you are allergic to pet dander or simply tired of dealing with tons of hair and persistent pet odors, an air purifier can help.
3. Removes 99% of airborne bacteria
Fact: air purifiers remove up to 99% of airborne bacteria! Small airborne particles like pollen and mold spores float in the air, and can cause you and your family to get sick. By cycling the air in the room, an air purifier helps remove these airborne pollutants. This keeps everyone healthy!
4. Removes odours
By trapping airborne particles air purifiers also help control household odors. That means they can help make your home smell fresher faster after cooking foods or smoking tobacco—before they end up in your upholstery!
5. Limits seasonal allergies
Are any of your family members seasonal allergy sufferers? It’s extremely important for them to have an environment where they can be safe from the many types of pollens and molds that may trigger symptoms. An air purifier can deliver this safe and clean environment.
At Afterglow, we offer top-quality air purifiers. If you’re interested in purchasing an air purifier or learning more about their benefits, give us a call! 519-747-7732.