Too hot? Too cold? With hot summer weather having finally arrived, it’s common for households to bicker over the temperature in their homes. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by Direct Energy found that 24 per cent of Ontarians have admitted that they’ve been involved in a “thermostat war” at home. Fighting over temperature control was the third most common household dispute after arguing over control of the television remote and cleaning the toilet.
There’s no disputing it — thermostat control is a hot button issue, but there are simple things you can do around the house this summer to help keep the peace and stay cool. Here are five easy ways to keep your household happy, take control of your energy bill and save money this summer:
Install a programmable thermostat. Set the times and temperatures to match your schedule. Also, consider setting the thermostat to turn off your air conditioner at night when the outdoor temperature cools down. Better yet, consider installing a “smart” thermostat. These devices will begin to adjust your homes temperature after learning your cooling habits.
Use ceiling fans to circulate cool air. Fan blades should operate in a counter-clockwise direction in the summer to move the air downwards and maximize cool air circulation so your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard. Ceiling fans can be just pennies a day to operate and are great for cooling down the room they operate in.
Replace furnace filters every three months. This will help your air conditioner run more efficiently. Clogged filters mean that furnace motors must work harder and use more energy.
Close the curtains and drapes. Before you leave the house for work in the morning, remember to close the curtains and drapes, especially on south and west facing windows. This will help block out the high summer sun and stop the home from getting too hot inside.
Give your AC unit some shade. Without blocking airflow, plant a small tree or shrubs around your air conditioning unit. A shaded unit uses up to five per cent less electricity than it would in the sun. Try to maintain at least 24 inches of clearance around your outdoor AC unit from any landscaping.
Direct Energy can help you take control of your thermostat with special summer offers on air conditioners and maintenance.