How to keep cool this summer without breaking the bank

How to keep cool this summer without breaking the bank

Though a Canadian spring can often be a mixed bag of weather, our summers are generally quite hot, especially on the prairies. During those sweltering few months of reprieve from the snow, a fan just doesn’t do the trick. Air conditioning saves us all from the heat, but that comfort can come with a hefty utility bill depending on your situation.

If you find that your cooling bills are astronomical throughout the summer or if you simply want to keep things reasonable, here’s how you can keep cool and keep your energy costs low.

Prevention is key

Preventative maintenance can go a long way to ensuring that your air conditioning runs smoothly this summer. Just as an oil change for your car has an impact on your gas mileage and how well your car runs, a spring check-up and tune-up is just what you air conditioner needs to run efficiently.

Pyramid can help out with our professional Tune-up, Check, and Clean. We’ll check for damaged or blocked vents; make sure your A/C unit starts without issue; provide lubrication where necessary; check your system’s blower, motor, wheel, and housing; make sure all electrical connections are sound; check your thermostat; and double-check the functionality of your evaporator coil (if accessible).

Efficiency is the name of the game

Keeping cool efficiently is how you’ll stay comfortable all summer long without shelling out hundreds in energy costs every month. The simplest place to start is using your window blinds effectively. While it’s nice to let in that morning light, resist the urge; keep certain windows covered depending on where the sun is during the day. If the room where your thermostat is faces east, keep the blinds closed in the morning. This will help keep the temperature down, preventing your thermostat from kicking in unnecessarily when the rest of your home might be perfectly comfortable.

A programmable thermostat is another way to make sure you’re cooling your home as efficiently as possible. Program it based on when you’ll be home and actually benefiting from it being cooler and then let things get a little warmer when you’re not around.

As a part of the aforementioned check-up, it’s important to make sure the exhaust or HRV system is operating properly to make sure your system is not needlessly exchanging air in your house. Pyramid can help!

My A/C is running all the time — what do I do?

If your air conditioning seems to be less effective than in the past or seems to be abruptly inefficient, check your filter. A plugged or very dirty filter is the most common cause of air conditioning issues. If air’s not passing through freely, then your system has to work much harder to cool your home, and that may result in it running more often than what would normally be necessary.

If you find that you’re changing your filters regularly and that your system ran fine last year, but it’s just not keeping up this year, then you’ll want to get a professional like Pyramid in to see if you’re low on Freon. Freon is the gas/liquid that is used in your cooling system to help with the transfer of heat. It naturally dissipates over time, so your A/C unit may just need a top-up. A Freon leak is a potentially dangerous situation, so it’s important to have your system checked if one is suspected.

Need help?

For all of your air conditioning, furnace, and HVAC repair needs in Winnipeg, including unit replacements and installation, Pyramid is available to help you stay cool and comfortable all summer long. We’re even around 24/7 for emergencies. Call or text 204-694-5088 or send us an email with any questions you may have or to book an appointment.