Performing proper maintenance and repairs on your air conditioner, furnace and other components of your HVAC system is an essential part of saving energy around the house. One thing people often overlook in terms of saving energy and money is through their water bills. Water conservation is important not only to your household bottom line, but also to the environment. There are lots of easy ways to reduce your water usage around the house, which not only saves money, but energy and water.

Saving Energy. Saving Water.

Reducing water usage is something that everyone can and should take part in. Here are some great ways to save water around the house:

  • Toilets: Above and beyond any other appliance or component, toilets use the most water in your home. This means they also waste the most water in your home. Low flow toilets can save on average 20% of the water of an average residential toilet. Dual flush toilets are also very popular in terms of design and water-saving capabilities. Overall, finding ways to flush your toilet less is one of the most effective ways you and your family can save water and reduce your water usage footprint.
  • Showering: Shower is much more efficient in terms of water-savings than taking baths, depending on how long you’re in the shower of course. Showering on the whole is an easy place to save water. Low flow shower heads use to offer little to no pressure and people were turned off by them as they couldn’t effectively rinse off. New low-flow shower heads have changed dramatically and provide much better pressure and enjoyment, while still saving water. Low flow shower heads can save up to 7.5 litres or 2 gallons of water each minute.
  • Taps & Faucets: changing bathroom habits when it comes to brushing your teeth is as easy way to save water. Running the tap for a long period of time while water isn’t being used is simply wasteful. While hand-washing is an important part of our society, ensuring that it’s done efficiently and quickly in order to save water is important to saving energy as well.
  • Simply use Less Water: This point boils down to wants versus needs in terms of saving energy through water usage. Watering your grass and washing your car all the time might not be necessary, but results in a pleasing aesthetic. Find ways in your daily life to use less water and you’ll notice a difference on your energy bills.

These four tips are a good start to minimize your water usage and help you in saving energy around the house. For more information about saving energy through water usage or in any aspect of your HVAC system contact Novel Care today: 647-547-4049

When our air conditioning experts talk about taking control of your home comfort they’re not referring to a wrestling match with a group of throw pillows. As much fun as that would be, they’re referring to ensuring that your air conditioning system is working as hard as possible to ensure your home comfort this spring and summer.

If you use a forced air heating and cooling system in your home you’re typically heating and cooling your entire home or office space at one specific temperature. While this might beneficial if every inch of space is being used all the time it’s not a good use of energy and money if you have lots of empty rooms for most of the day. You wouldn’t flip one master switch every morning to turn on all the lights in your home would you? So why does one master switch turn on the cooling or heat for your entire home at the same temperature?

Control Home Comfort With a Zone Control System

A zone control system allows you to effectively take control of your home’s air conditioning and heating systems. Zone control systems allow you to distribute cooling and heating throughout your home in a more efficient way. A zone control system allows you to direct cool or warm air to places where it’s needed and direct less to the places it isn’t. So, room by room or zone by zone you’ll have more control over the temperature.

Controlling home comfort with a zone control system is one upgrade to your HVAC system that will really pay off. Here are some of the benefits of installing a zone control system:

  • Improved Comfort: Unless you live alone and want your home one single temperature all the time a zone control system can improve home comfort for everyone in your house. Generally, everyone like the temperature to be slightly different and with a zone control system you’ll have the ability to make everyone happy in terms of cooling and heating.
  • Save Money on Your Energy Bills: If improving your home comfort isn’t enough to make you want a zone control system then how about reducing the cost of your energy bills? Zone control systems provide a more efficient environment for your furnace and air conditioner so they only work when they have to. This is how zone control systems reduce the amount of energy your HVAC appliances need to work, and by saving energy you’re not only saving money but also the environment.
  • Less Wear & Tear: Overall, if your air conditioner and furnace are operating more efficiently and directing cool and warm air more efficiently throughout your home or office they are in fact working better. As a result the wear and tear they experience will be far less than if they were simply running all the time to maintain the same temperature through an entire home or office. Over time wear and tear can be costly expenses and even lead to replacement as appliance break down. In addition to a zone control system it’s also important to ensure your air conditioner and furnace receive routing maintenance. Working with a professional and reputable HVAC company like Novel Care to ensure your air conditioner and furnace are running efficiently is important to the longevity of your appliances.

Your air conditioner and furnace are two of the most important pieces of your home comfort puzzle, so maintaining them is essential. Installing a zone comfort system is one of the best things you can do to upgrade your home cooling and heating systems.

Call Novel Care today to ensure your home comfort is where you want it this spring and summer. If you need to schedule a regular maintenance visit, emergency appointment or want more information about zone comfort systems contact Novel Care today: 647-547-4049

Saving money around the house is essential to your household bottom line. Implementing these simple energy-saving tips can easily save any household hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.

10 Energy-Saving Tips For Homeowners

  1. Electricity Usage: Turn of lights, appliances, electronics and any other electrical device when it’s not in use. It’s also a good idea to unplug any power adapters and device chargers when they’re not in use. Unplugging appliances and other large devices while you’re away on vacation is also a great way to save energy, these devices can steal load from your system and cost you money even if they aren’t on.
  2. Light Bulbs: Replace incandescent light bulbs with high-efficiency lights bulbs such as LEDs. Making this simple change can save you a ton of money over time. While the energy consumption in the short-term is noticeable these high-efficiency bulbs also last longer than traditional light bulbs.
  3. Thermostats: Install a programmable thermostat in your home to control your heating and cooling systems. A programmable thermostat is one of the most important energy-saving tips because it controls appliances that cost you the most money to operate. In the winter set it to a lower temperature and in the summer to a higher temperature. It’s also a great idea to ensure your appliances are off while you’re not home, so drastically adjusting the temperature while your out of the house can really save you a lot. It’s not necessary to go out and buy the most expensive programmable thermostat on the market like the NEST, but one that allows you to set temperatures for specific periods of the day is ideal.
  4. Filters: Change and clean the filters in your heating and cooling appliances and equipment. These energy-saving tips ensure that your furnace and air conditioner can run as efficiently as possible without a dirty filter inhibiting their airflow. Check these filters often to ensure they’re always clean.
  5. Fans: Use fans in the summer so you can raise your air conditioner settings by 3 – 5 degrees. This will allow you to remain comfortable in your home while saving on energy costs.
  6. Window Coverings: Reducing the amount of sunlight that heats up your home in the summer can help keep your home cooler and reduce how often your air conditioner needs to turn on. In the winter and cooler months allow the light in to warm up your home and your furnace won’t have to work as hard.
  7. Basic Maintenance: Ensuring that your home is properly sealed around doors and windows helps keep cool air in during the summer and warm air in during the winter. It’s also a good idea to check for drafts around pipes and other places where utilities are penetrating the exterior of your home.
  8. Attic Insulation: Check the insulation in your attic to ensure that it’s correctly installed and deep enough to keep your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.
  9. Clothes Dryer: Don’t over-dry your clothes. If you can run your dryer for 15 minutes less every time you use it you can save up to $35 each year on your energy bills. While it might not seem like much when combined with other savings you’ll realize hundreds of dollars in savings. Your dryer will also work more efficiently if you keep your lint trap clean and check the exhaust piping for lint build up. These aren’t only energy-saving tips but will help prevent fires.
  10. Old Appliances: The cost of old appliances is huge. An old fridge or freezer can be an energy pig and purchasing a new energy-efficient appliance might cost you upfront but it will quickly pay for itself in energy savings on your hydro bills. They can add up to 15% on your energy bills.

Overall there are dozens of ways to save energy around the house, and while these energy-saving tips are a good start you should always be looking for new ways you can save energy.

For more information about saving energy, more energy-saving tips, or for a free quote to install new high-efficiency air conditioners or furnaces contact Novel Care today: 647-547-4049