It keeps us warm and fuzzy, and cool and calm, but heating and cooling costs can add up. They add up to about 22 per cent of your household electricity spending — but there are ways to save and stay comfy.
Changing the temperature of your home by even a few degrees can make a big difference. For every degree (Celsius) you lower your thermostat overnight for an eight-hour period, you can save up to two per cent on your heating costs.
Consider the characteristics of your home and the size of the room(s) to be cooled before purchasing an air conditioner. This will help you determine the capacity of the unit you should buy. Compare the quality, cost and energy efficiency of the various models available, as well as the type of unit (wall- or window-mounted, mobile or heat pump) that best meets your needs.
Air conditioning systems can be expensive. Ceiling fans and circulating fans are a cheaper way to stay cool.