Energy Efficiency For Your Home

Novel Care has been an integral part of ensuring the energy efficiency of homes and business throughout Toronto for over 30 years. During that time we’ve installed lots of furnaces, ductless air conditioners, central air conditioners, boilers, duct systems and many other HVAC appliances. We have the knowledge and experience to ensure that you get the right equipment for your home.

When it comes to efficiency we always recommend energy efficiency whenever possible. We’ll help you understand the efficiency of your new products as well as any standardized ratings like the SEER rating. These are useful in measuring just how efficient your new HVAC equipment is.

People install energy efficient equipment because they want to ensure their homes don’t use up more energy than they have to.

Your energy bill will always increase a little bit in the winter. It’s just a fact of living in Toronto. You spend more time indoors and the lights in your house are on for longer periods because we have less sunlight. You’re also forced to keep your home warm, even when you’re not there in order to keep the pipes from freezing. While your energy bill can increase quicker than you may notice there are a few things you can do to keep it under control.

How Much Does It Cost To Run Appliances?

The operating cost of your appliances isn’t something that you need to be aware of, but it can certainly help you understand why your energy bill costs what it does. this can help you regulate how much you use them or how efficiently you use them throughout the year.

Tumble Dryer – This is one of the most frequently use appliances in any home. We certainly use them much more often throughout the winter because we can’t hang anything outside to dry. Unfortunately, tumble dryers are energy pigs and can really ramp up your energy bill. An average dryer costs about $1 per load to operate.

Using your dryer properly by drying loads rather than single or very few items, and by drying clothes outside when possible can save you up to $130 per year.

Here are some tips to improve your dryer usage:

  • Hang your laundry to dry when possible, even indoors and then use your dryer to finish them off and remove wrinkles on a half cycle.
  • Be sure to always use the spin cycle in your washing machine so as much water and moisture is removed from your clothes as possible prior to throwing them in the dryer.
  • Clean the lint filter. Your dryer will work more efficiently and use less power with a clean lint filter.
  • Dry clothes of similar weights together. Towels and heavy sweatshirts will take longer than t-shirts

Here are some other items around the house that people commonly use, and how much they cost to operate:

  • Electric Heater – An average electric space heater run for five hours in the evening will cost almost $3, which can be about $20 per week and $80 a month. Maybe use a blanket instead of running an electric heater.
  • Kettle – Boiling 2 litres of water in your kettle can cost you about 45 cents. Only boil as much water as you need in order to save money.
  • Light Bulbs – Winter is darker which means the lights get used more. Overall, lighting accounts for about 8% of your energy bill. Switching older incandescent bulbs out for energy saving LEDs can save $20 per light bulb per year.
  • Electric Blanket – These use around 1.5 kWh to operate for 4 hours, which costs around .40 cents.

Save Big On Your Energy Bill With HVAC

One big way to save money is to ensure that all of your appliances are operating efficiently. This includes your furnace, boiler, air conditioner, blower fan, dehumidifier, duct system, ductless air conditioner, heat pump and any other HVAC appliance. When these appliances are properly maintained by a professional they will use less energy to operate throughout the year.

For more information about saving energy in your home contact a Novel Care Toronto HVAC technician: 416-921-0000.

It’s not common knowledge, but only 17% of homes in the world have air conditioning. Fortunately this statistic is going to change, soon, and very drastically. By the end of the century, within the next 84 years, the number of homes that have air conditioning will rise to about 70%. This isn’t anticipating any radial factors, but based on the growing demand of the global middle class population. The main way this will be achieved is through technology and the thought that merely cooling an individual’s personal space is much more affordable than an entire building. Consider things like office chairs that provide cooling, or shoes that keep individuals cool as they walk.

Technological Advances In Air Conditioning

It’s difficult to predict exactly, but the amount of energy that even the most efficient air conditioner models consume is a lot for some countries to digest. The United States Government is known for a lot of things, but the DELTA program isn’t one of their more popular ones. DELTA stands for Delivering Efficient Local Thermal Amenities.

For example, they’ve developed a prototype in RoCo, the robotic personal conditioning device. RoCo has a heater and air conditioner attached to a moving base that follows you around through the a signal on your smart phone. RoCo will gently blow warm or cool air at your to help regulate your temperature. In a commercial building, up to 30 percent of energy costs could be saved, especially if RoCo is charged using solar technology.

DELTA has also come up with a wireless powered climate-controlled office chair. It uses only 14 watts to providing heating for its user and 4 watts for cooling. It has cooling and heating elements that are assisted by small fans, and when not in use the whole system powers down to save energy.

One of the most impressive technologies are the thermoregulation of shoes. DELTA calls this the ReBoot, which have thin insoles with water channels running through them. Working like an air conditioner the water absorbs the heat from your feet and disperses it through a small fan in the boot. This works because the feet are part of the body’s cooling system and give off a lot of heat. By making them more efficient the body will cool off faster.

These technologies aren’t currently available on the market, so while we all wait for our own personal cooling accessories we’ll continue to rely on high-efficiency central and ductless air conditioning systems.

Contact Novel Care today for a free consultation: 416-921-0000. Novel Care has been serving Toronto, York Region and the GTA for over 30 years.

Sitting in the shade on a hot day is a great way to stay cool. Well, the same goes for your air conditioner. Air conditioning efficiency is heavily impacted by the amount of heat and sun being placed on your air conditioner. If shaded by a tree for most of the day your cooling system won’t have to work as hard as it would if it were in direct sunlight. As a result it’ll run more efficiently and you’ll save money on your energy bills.

If an air conditioner’s compressor or condenser sits in the hot sun it has to cool itself off as well as the air that it draws from inside the house. A cooler air conditioner will not only save you money, but it will have a longer life and require less maintenance over the years. On top of that adding greenery to your yard is always beneficial in terms of cooling your home and yard overall.

There are other options to keep the sun off your air conditioner. Sun shades and other elevated covers or awnings that are made specifically for air conditioners are also excellent, yet less natural, ways to keep your air conditioner cool.

Impeding Air Conditioning Efficiency

One thing to note when planting trees and other shrubs to shade your air conditioner is not to have them too close. Your air conditioner relies on the space and air surrounding it to work properly and efficiently. When the leaves of trees and bushes reduce the airflow around your air conditioner it has to work harder to move the air around it. Additionally, if a tree or bush is too close it can get scorched by the air conditioner, so keeping them at a safe distance is also in their best interest.

It’s also important to make sure that the trees or bushes you plant don’t drop lots of seeds, which can fall into your air conditioner and cause problems.

If you need a new air conditioner installed, maintenance on your existing one, or just want to learn more about air conditioning efficiency contact Novel Care today: 416-921-0000.

Novel Care has been providing professional and reputable air conditioner services to the residents of Toronto, York Region and the rest of the GTA for over 30 years.