Increasing energy efficiency for a condo owner can be a challenging task. When you own a home you have free reign over what you do to improve it. When you own a condo in Pickering, though, you cannot simply decide what to change about the entire building just because it seems like your individual condominium is not as energy efficient as it should be. There are some more small scale steps that you can take in your condo, though, that can make a big impact on raising your energy efficiency and lowering your heating bills. Follow these tips from Advantage Airtech to heat your condo more efficiently.
One of the simplest ways in which you can improve heating efficiency is to make use of solar energy in your condo this winter. No, you may not be able to install solar panels on your roof. However, you can open your blinds and drapes. Let the sunlight spill into your condo, enjoy the light and make use of the solar heat gain that can cut down on your heating bills.
Another of the easiest steps you can take is simply lower the thermostat a little bit. No one is going to suggest you live in an icebox, but it is tempting to come home and jack the heat up, only to turn it back down after a while because you realize that you are overheating. Maintaining a consistent, comfortable temperature on the lower end of the scale uses much less energy and does so more efficiently than cranking the heat up at random intervals.
Shrink wrapping your windows is a great, cheap way to improve energy efficiency as well. Don’t let the heat that you pay for slip through the gaps in your window frames. A little bit of time and effort on your part to shrink wrap your windows can make a big difference in heating efficiency. Plus, it’s really easy.
Using the programmable settings on your thermostat can also help boost energy efficiency. If you know that you are going to be out of the condo for a while, set the temperature lower than you would if you were home, and shortly before you return have it come back up to a comfortable level. This allows you to reduce how much you heat an empty condo while preventing the need to heat it up again quickly when you get home.
Follow these simple tips to improve the energy efficiency in your Pickering condo. If you have any other heating concerns, call the pros at Advantage Airtech. We offer complete HVAC services to high-rise condos in Pickering and the surrounding area!