Heating accounts for 63% of Canadians’ energy consumption. To make your home more energy efficient, optimizing your heating needs would be a good place to start.
Choose one of RONA’s ECO-approved electronic thermostats
- Electronic thermostats are less sensitive to room temperature differences than mechanical ones –helping you save up to 10% of the energy required to warm your home, while improving your comfort.
- By choosing a programmable thermostat, you’ll save on heating expenses by programming the temperature in your home in advance for every moment of the day. For example, you could set the thermostat to lower the temperature when your family members are at work or school, and increase it again just in time for your return home. Thanks to this technology, you’ll avoid needlessly heating your home and will considerably reduce your energy consumption.
Close to 50% of Canadian households have programmable thermostats. Are you one of them?
Improve your home insulation
A well-insulated home will better resist summer’s heatwaves and winter’s temperature dips. Result: a more comfortable nest all year round, and reduced heating and air conditioning expenses.
- Insulation reduces heat transfers, helping you save energy. To ensure efficiency, aim to reduce air leaks and heat losses as much possible by installing the right material in the right place. Depending on the location, you’ll want to choose the material with the highest R (or RSI) value.
- Add insulation in your attic: Most attics are insulated – but by adding a layer to this room, you’ll improve your home’s energy performance in a remarkable way. It’s a known fact that heat rises. If the ceiling is cold because of a poorly insulated attic, your heating system will have to work harder to maintain the desired temperature. Adding insulation will also help you save on air conditioning in the summer.
- Install window film: Even double-glazed windows only have an R3 or R4 thermal resistance value (R-value). Window film is an inexpensive way to increase your windows’ thermal protection.
- Draughtproof your windows and door frames: To test your home insulation, move an incense stick – or any other smoke-producing object – along windows, exterior doorframes, and electrical outlets. If the smoke drifts horizontally, it means there’s a draught.
You can fix this leak with an ECO-approved acrylic sealant: its low VOC content will help improve the air quality in your home.
DOORS AND WINDOWS
Choose RONA’s ECO-approved ENERGY STAR-certified doors and windows
Changing your out-dated windows certainly represents a considerable investment, but it will result in significant energy savings, while also upping your comfort level. Old exterior doors and poorly performing windows can cause heat losses of up to 30% in your home.
- Save up to 8% of your annual energy expenses by replacing your doors and windows with ENERGY STAR-certified models.
- These satisfy strict energy efficiency criteria, and are more hermetic and durable than standard models.
FLAT ROOF SHEATHING
If your roof is flat, opt for pale sheathing
Flat roofs, low-slope roofs, and dark floor coverings contribute to the creation of heat islands in the summer, since these surfaces accumulate solar energy. To limit this phenomenon, opt for white or pale materials – improving your comfort while saving on air conditioning.
Replace your furnace filter
Your home’s ambient air can contain bothersome dust particles. In addition to damaging your health, they require more effort from your heating or air conditioning system to maintain the desired temperature. To minimize their presence in your home, replace removable filters or clean fixed filters twice a year.
- Opt for a HEPA filter among RONA’s ECO-approved products : it retains up to 99.97% of particles
Plant trees judiciously
Trees can contribute to keeping your home feeling fresh during the summer by blocking hot sunrays, while forming a barrier against cold winds in the winter. By planting the right variety in the right place, you can save significant amounts of energy.
- Visit one of RONA’s garden center for help choosing the right variety for your property.
Install a ceiling fan
In a home, warm air rises and stays at ceiling level while the rest of the room gets cooler. That’s why it takes a lot of time – and energy – to warm up an entire home. Ceiling fans push warm air from the ceiling to the bottom of the room and ensure good air circulation throughout your dwelling. This way, your heating system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain the required temperature.
- Choose one of RONA’s ECO-approved ceiling fans : they are ENERGY STAR certified and 60% more efficient than a standard product.