Keep Your Kitchener Home Cool Without Breaking the Bank Published on August 10, 2015 When it comes to the Kitchener weather, it can be tough to manage keeping your home cool without spending a lot. According to the Department of Energy, the average homeowner will spend about half their energy bill on their heating and cooling needs, around $875 a year. However, if you’d like to potentially reduce that number, it might be time to consider scheduling air conditioner service and a consultation to discuss an upgrade for your home’s air conditioning system. In a recent USA Today article, Department of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary Kathleen Hogan says “Residents should strongly consider replacing a central air more than a dozen years old. Switching it out for one that carries an ENERGY STAR® rating could pare your cooling costs by roughly 30 percent.” Some of the savings will be dependent on the age of the air conditioner, but in general, getting a new air conditioner takes strategic advantage of the technological improvements made that make heating and cooling equipment more efficient. Of course, newer, energy efficient air conditioners could help reduce your heating and cooling costs, but don’t lessen the importance of routine air conditioner service. Hogan and Dan DiClerico, senior editor of Consumer Reports also note that cleaning and changing air filters can drastically improve the performance of your air conditioner. Also noted as critical keys to keeping your home cool without breaking the bank:Add insulation to your atticMake sure your home is well-sealedSeal your ductwork to make sure the cool air is going where it’s supposed toSet your thermostat to 78 degrees Fahrenheit; 26 degrees CelsiusClose vents in rooms that are unusedTurn on a ceiling fan in the area you are in Whether you’re hoping to set up air conditioner service or want to hear more about your replacement air conditioner possibilities, give the team at Hammond Plumbing & Heating a call at 519-894-3222 or set up an appointment with us through our online scheduler.