Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Making the switch from "heat" to "cool"

Making the switch from "heat" to "cool"
(NC)-With the dog days of summer almost here, be sure to perform the following before switching your thermostat from "heat" to "cool":

. Clean or replace the furnace filter. The air conditioner needs the furnace to circulate the air. A dirty filter circulates dust and other particles throughout the house and it also cuts down on a furnace's efficiency.

. Check that the set-point on the thermostat is below the room temperature. Do not set the thermostat for cooling below 68 degrees. This can cause a multitude of problems with your air-conditioner, including freezing up. Ideally, set the thermostat to 25.5º Celsius when at home; 29º when away.

. Turn the humidifier off during the summer cooling season. Leaving the humidifier on will only increase the cooling load and force the air conditioner to work harder.

. Close your drapes or shades and ensure all windows in the house are closed

. Close off vents in any unused rooms.

. If you have any ceiling fans, turn them on to circulate the air.

. Place a maintenance call to a qualified contractor to ensure the air conditioning system is operating safely and efficiently. To locate an air conditioning contractor u call a toll-free at 1-877-411-HRAC (4722).

Some government agencies and utilities have recognized the importance of maintaining equipment for better energy efficiency and offer incentives and rebates for homeowners to maintain or replace their air conditioning units.

To see if any such programs are available in your area log onto www.hrac.ca under information library, click onto rebates and incentives.

Credit: www.newscanada.com

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