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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Protecting yourself against the calamity of lost baggage

Air travel can often be a stressful experience for the average traveler. From ensuring that you have all that you need packed, to rushing to the airport (often at inconvenient hours of the day), to adjusting to different time zones and trying to navigate unfamiliar airports, air travel presents the sojourner with no shortage of challenges. This is why the last thing you need is the added difficulty of lost luggage. Most of us make most of our flights without having this happen to us. Unfortunately, however, it does still happen from time to time. How can you protect yourself from this type of calamity? Do you need to buy additional insurance? Isn't the airline responsible? Are there other sources of coverage you don't need to pay for? Are there measures you take to avoid such an event altogether? We're going to explore the answers to these questions here.

Preventing loss of valuable luggage
When it comes to any type of misfortune, the most effective measure you can take to protect yourself against it is to prevent it altogether. The same holds true for lost baggage. To minimize your chances of permanently losing valuable items in travel, there are several things you can do. To begin with, pay attention to the timing of your flight and your checkin time. Often, luggage is lost when you check in too late, or when you have little time between connections. Do what you can to avoid either of these scenarios. The other measure you can take before your journey even begins is to pack carefully: keep anything valuable or irreplaceable with you in your carry-on. Additionally, as you are packing, make an inventory of what you are packing in what bags. This will save a tremendous amount of time and confusion if you do need to file a claim. It may seem like a tedious task, but chances are you may have made a checklist for yourself anyway to aid in packing; hang on to it, even if only as a rough inventory. Next, when you arrive at the airport, you should ensure that luggage tags are completely filled out and secured to your bags. Be sure to include any information that may help the airline contact you more quickly in the event that they find your luggage and need to connect with you. Be sure that the agent helping you attaches labels with your destination to each of your checked pieces.

First line of coverage for missing luggage
Sometimes, despite your best efforts to follow all of the prescribed steps above, airlines may still misplace or lose your baggage all the same. In such a case, who are you covered by? The primary party responsible for recovering your loss is the airline you are traveling with. Determining whether you need  extra insurance coverage starts by learning what your airline will cover.  (online insurance quotes Calgary) If it is a larger airline, you will likely be able to find these terms on their website. Otherwise, you should contact the airline in advance to obtain this information. In trying to determine this information, you will probably discover serious limitations to what the airline will cover. For example, most airlines will cover the depreciated value, and not the replacement value of certain lost items, and refuse to cover other types of items altogether, such as jewelry, valuable documents, electronics, and many other such items.

Other sources of coverage

Once you have determined what your airline covers, and more importantly, what they don't cover, it's time to look to the other resources in your reach to ensure complete protection of your articles. Your contents insurance policy with your insurance provider may give you some degree of coverage, so check with your agent to learn the specifics. Additionally, if you have a major credit card, such as Visa, or Mastercard, you may be able to get some coverage from them at no cost. However, this coverage will only kick in after you have exhausted every other source of coverage available to you, which is why credit card companies can offer this service at no cost. Incredibly enough, even between these various sources of coverage, you are still in all likelihood going to find the coverage insufficient when traveling with any sort of valuables. For this reason, traveler's insurance is the best way to ensure that you don't find your travels ruined by a preoccupation with trying to replace your valuable documents, computers, or even medications. When you purchase traveler's insurance, be sure to discuss any valuables you are taking with you with your insurance agent to ensure that they are adequately protected before you leave. The peace of mind you'll obtain from doing so is simply priceless.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Three steps to securing your ideal car second hand

If you are in the market for a vehicle, whether it is your first or your fourth, there are good reasons to consider buying second hand. We live in a day and age where people don't exhaust the potentiality out of their assets, so there is usually still lots of life to be had in a car when the average owner decides to ditch it and upgrade. Buying a used vehicle is a great way to save money, not only on the cost of the vehicle itself, but also on the costs of auto insurance, since older cars cost less to insure than their newer counterparts. If you decide to go this route, take these three steps in order to achieve the maximum amount of success with your pursuit.

  1. Make a very clear plan before you begin shopping about what your wants and needs are for your vehicle. Being concise in articulating this for yourself beforehand will minimize the likelihood of getting swayed by what's on the market and by sly or pushy sellers. Once you've determined both your needs and wants for this vehicle, go through your list and determine which points are absolutely fixed, and which you are willing to be flexible on (and indicate for yourself just how much flexibility you have on those items).
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  1. Have a list of runners-up. You may be very specific in already knowing your wants and needs beforehand to the point of having already decided which make and model of a car you plan to purchase. While this type of vision is good and eliminates a great deal of confusion for your part, unless you have a very particularly reason for not considering any other vehicle, it might limit your ability to find a deal. The way to get around this without compromising your standards is to learn what other vehicles offered by different makes are analogous to your prime candidate. For example, somebody set on purchasing a Honda Civic would likely find all of their needs and wants met in the comparable Toyota Corolla.
  2. Start early. Oftentimes, the need for a vehicle comes up sooner than we can anticipate, and in this case, time is not on our side as buyers. However, if you can anticipate well in advance when you will need to purchase a new vehicle, you are granting yourself the luxury of time, and in this case time is definitely money: the longer you watch the market, the more likely you are to catch a steal. It also gives you a change to familiarize yourself with the market well beforehand so that you know exactly what is reasonable when shopping.
     

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Finding the right nursing home

Among all of the risk management and safety measures we take, seeing to the health and safety of our aging relatives is among the most important of those. While we don't like to think of our loved ones aging, when our parents come to a point of needing around the clock monitoring (but not hospitalization) and are no longer able to live independently, it's time to start looking for a nursing home. Key indications that it might be time for this include concerns you have about them eating properly, living the day-to-day safely, and managing their medications. Given that nursing home “shopping” isn't something we do as frequently as groceries, it's easy to feel intim
idated and overwhelmed by the whole process. So how do you go about choosing the right nursing home for your parents?

Probably the easiest place to begin your search is online. This will help you to determine what options there are in your neighbourhood of interest, and to read about what outside sources have to say about these various facilities. Take complaints that you read in reviews seriously; unfortunately, the abuse of elderly patients is a reality, and you want to do everything you can to avoid finding your family battling this. Word of mouth recommendations are amongst the most reliable, so if you have a good rapport with your family physician, consider his or her advice on the matter. Better yet, if you have a friend or close contact who has gone through this experience beforehand, ask them about the facility they chose, their contentedness with it, and any advice they may have for you at this point in the process.

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You should certainly plan on visiting any nursing home that you may be considering. Contrary to what you might think, setting up an appointment with a patient-relations specialist, while it may be useful in its own way, is not the ideal way to really gauge what the nursing home is truly like because such representatives will always be putting their best foot forward, and may not be around to see what takes place past their own working hours. Plan drop-in visits. If you are curious about meal quality and meal delivery, then drop in around supper time. Most of the day workers will have gone home by then, so you can really see the integrity of the staff in the absence of management then too.

Factors you will want to consider in determining that you are getting the very best placement for your loved ones include: effective and compassionate pain management, noise levels, planned entertainment for the residents, and high staff to patient ratios. While affordability will certainly play a role in choosing a facility, you should, to the best of your ability, make this the last bit of criteria you consider. Certainly, managing the costs of elderly long-term care can be taxing. One way to prepare for this is to purchase nursing home insurance early on, when the individual in question is relatively young and healthy. Doing so will alleviate the financial burden of long term care substantially.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

When road safety takes a holiday

Most of us know to expect an increased presence of police officers patrolling the roads during long weekend holidays. It is pretty common during those occasions to hear friends warning one another of this in order that they might “protect” themselves against the acquisition of a ticket. (While we think anything that causes you to improve your driving is good, we think safety, and not the avoidance of punishment, should be your primary motivator). The error that most people fall into around this however, is in thinking that police officers are merely out there to satisfy a certain quota of driving infractions that they have set a target for. The fact of the matter is, statistics actually do show an increase in motor vehicle collisions during certain holidays, so there is good reason for the additional patrolling. Let's take a look at some of the holidays known to increase the risks of driving.

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Halloween – Zombies and vampires are not the only peril you should be afraid of on this ghoulish day; beware an increase in bad drivers too! Statistics indicate that drivers are somewhere between 8% and 10% more likely to be involved in collisions on this day than on non-holidays. There is certainly more pedestrian traffic on the road at night, and depending on where you live, it will likely be dark when the majority of that foot traffic is out looting. An increase in the numbers of people out there generally, and the timing of that increase during evening hours specifically, make for an increase in the risk of collision overall. If you are a pedestrian, protect yourself by staying well away from the roads, and wearing bright, visible clothing. If your costume has you bound to dark colours, be sure to use reflective strips. In either case, carrying a flashlight is a good idea too—both for your own vision, and for your visibility to others as well. If you are a driver, do your best to make a point of not driving this evening. Plan your errands early in the week so that you can stay off the roads.

Parent days – Both Mother's Day and Father's Day see an increase in motor vehicle collisions when compared with non holidays. Interestingly enough, the increased risk is actually more pronounced on Father's Day. Where there is a 5% to 6% increase in this risk for Mother's Day, that figure is closer to 8% for Father's Day. Does this mean you should avoid celebrating the most important people in your life? Of course not! But there are things you can do to keep the risks down. In making plans, try to minimize the amount of driving you'll be doing that day. If you are holding celebrations at home, make a point of gathering food, beverages, decorations, etc. before the actual day of celebration. If you opt to go out, try to pick a local family favourite to decrease the distance you'll be driving.


New Year's Eve – Not surprisingly, this is the most dangerous holiday of all when it comes to car accidents. In fact, in any given year, the risk of collision goes up by 50% on New Year's Even when compared with other holidays. Unfortunately, the leading culprit of risk factors in this case is alcohol consumption. If you are going out to someone else's party and plan to consume alcohol, have a designated driver. Additionally, keep an eye out for friends who seem to be past their limit, and don't let them leave with car keys in their hands. If you are hosting, do your part by ensuring that everyone has a safe way of getting home (or even a place to stay with you, if you are able to offer it).

Friday, 16 August 2013

How NOT to save on car fuel

We've all done it: set out for a long road trip, seemingly well prepared for the arduous journey before us: water, food, first aid supplies, communication devices, blankets, and passenger-entertainment all packed up for the increased safety and enjoyment of our journey. But. Somehow, the gas gauge needle got overlooked. And it's sitting rather low. You notice this just as you are approaching city limits. It doesn't make sense to stop for gas only moments after you've begun driving, but you're not sure where along your route the next gas stop will be. Do you gamble on this in order to save time and money? Perhaps the scenario isn't nearly so much in your control as the one just described: you may find yourself in the midst of a natural disaster with no access to fuel; how long will you be able to make it this way? Or perhaps the scenario is completely in your control: maybe, like Kramer, you are trying to defy your need for fuel by driving on empty as long as you possibly can. However you find yourself in the predicament of requiring fuel, but not having it, there are some things you should know about the importance of having adequate gas.

The very first thing you should know, especially if you plan to try doing this deliberately, is that you cannot really depend on your friends' experiences of doing this to determine how long or how far you'll be able to push your vehicle past its fuel consumption limits, no matter how similar your vehicles may be. A quick visit to TankOnEmpty.com will demonstrate this for you. Initially set up precisely for the purpose of comparing people's various experiences with this practice, it is possible to look up results by make and model of the vehicle in question. Doing so will show you that even cars of the same make and model vary greatly in this regard, and that the results of the entries made by various users offer no predictability at all. But if the thought of finding yourself stranded in a foreign place isn't enough of a deterrent to discourage you from this practice, consider this: driving on empty may actually turn out to be highly counterproductive for you. If your object is to save money, you may disappointed if you find yourself in a situation where it actually costs you more. There are actually some regions where, if you get caught being stranded as a result of doing this, you will be fined for making a hazard of yourself on the road.

Even more costly than a one time fine, though, is the amount of damage you are doing to your vehicle by not fueling it as needed. While not fueling up as needed may cause several forms of damage, the biggest concern in this regard is the effect of this practice on the engine. Without adequate fuel, the engine will draw air in instead, which will actually compromise the engine's ability to run. Once this mistake has been made, it isn't a simple matter of pumping the air back out: trying to do this can be very difficult, and even impossible in some cases. Additionally, you may be introducing rust to the insides of your car, starting with the gas tank, as driving on empty can cause moisture to get into it.


As with anything, there are sound ways to save on gas, and methods that should be avoided. Driving on empty certainly falls under the latter category.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Sinkhole safety

Recently we have seen a number of sinkholes in Alberta. Sinkholes form when various ground surfaces (rock, soil, sand, etc) and the layer of earth beneath them are dissolved by water coming from the surface level. There are two types: those that form when the earth can no longer support itself and caves in suddenly, or those formed by the ground compressing, forming a depression in the landscape. In Canada, the most likely places for sinkholes to develop are where the land contains limestone.


Sinkholes arise as a result of poor drainage—when a depression in the ground collects water with nowhere on the ground's surface for it to drain off to. Instead, the water travels beneath the surface, weakening the stability of the ground altogether. This is particularly problematic when it happens near buildings and other structures, since their foundations can become easily destroyed this way. Of course, catastrophic sinkholes are capable of “swallowing” homes, vehicles, and portions of roads. That is the danger they pose structurally. Additionally, sinkholes can be a health hazard because they can introduce contaminants into the drinking supply of water.


Like tornadoes, nobody has quite yet figured out how to predict the formation of sinkholes. For this reason, the possibility of sinkholes should be among your list of possible hazards that may come about suddenly, that you should be on the lookout for. There are several signs that you can try to be aware of, and precautions that you can take in order to minimize the destruction of a sinkhole:

  • Know that sinkholes are more likely to occur during periods of ongoing, heavy rain.

  • Just as you would note rapidly rising water levels when trying to anticipate flash floods, the opposite should be noted as well: if streams and ponds that you are familiar with suddenly disappear, there is a good chance they have slipped beneath the surface of the ground.

  • Be sure to check traffic and weather reports regularly to catch news of sinkholes as soon as you can. If you are the first to observe one, contact authorities right away.

  • If you suspect a sinkhole on or near your property, keep heavy equipment and other such structures away from the are of suspected compromise.

  • If you have determined there is, in fact, a sinkhole on your property, contact your insurance provider right away for further instructions.

  • Bear in mind that sink holes may start out relatively small, and rapidly increase in size, so if you are fencing the area off, give the sinkhole plenty of room to “grow.”

  • Pay special attention to the formation of sinkholes that form near power and water lines, and report these immediately.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Summer camp health and safety tips

In the absence of regular school lessons, one of the highlights of the summer holidays for children is their enrollment in summer camp. Fortunately, these camps are typically run by well trained professionals who are equipped to put the safety of camp participants first. That said, it is still useful for parents and children to be mindful of the various health and safety precautions they should be taking, given that it is a new environment, and one where safe habits may not come automatically. To this end, here is an acrostic you can use as a starting point for remembering some of these key tips.

S – Sun. Sunstroke is one of the leading ailments afflicting campers, so you want to ensure that your child is well protected against the sun's effects. Hats, sunscreen, and protective eyewear are all important, and regular hydration is critical. Be sure to pack a water bottle amongst your child's provisions for the duration of the camp, and to ascertain beforehand that clean drinking water will always be accessible. If it is not, consider sending your child to camp with a portable water purification system (tablets, filtered bottles, etc.) Also encourage your child to seek shade when possible.

U - Usernames and passwords. Even though we think of the outdoors as a place we go to escape the noise of the electronic world children are increasingly being expected to carry electronics with them—even if it is something as basic as a mobile phone. You should protect your child's personal information by ensuring that all such devices are locked with usernames and passwords. When you set a password, you should have some sort of algorithm or procedure for constructing them so that you can remember them, while others would not be able to guess them.

M – Mental health. Homesickness can be quite common in summer camp situations because unlike day school, you don't get to go home at the end of the day. Usually it is overcome, but in severe instances, it can stop a child from eating or sleeping. Let your child know that if it gets to that point, they should come home.

M – Medications. Be sure to remember any medications that your child may need throughout the duration of the camp. Connect with camp leaders beforehand to ensure that these medications are kept in a safe place, and to give them a schedule of when your child should be taking each medication.

E – Emergency procedures. Ensure that there will always be staff present who are trained in CPR. Also, learn of the camp's various emergency procedures well beforehand so that you can go over them with your child until your child knows them very well. Be sure to ask about various situations such as fire protocols, water-related emergencies, and any others that come to mind.

R – Rules. Obtain the camp rules before sending your child to camp so that you can go over them with your child, being sure to discuss why they are important. In these rules, try to learn of areas that are out of bounds, and of areas and activities that require specific procedures and safety equipment.


C – Creatures. Know the flora and fauna of the area you are sending your child camping in. If there are bears in the area, go over basic bear safety with them. If there are poisonous plants, be sure to look at pictures of these together so that your child can identify and avoid them. It is also a good idea to prepare your child to protect themselves against mosquito bites, and bites of other insects. Clothing that covers the skin, as well as bug repellents, are useful here.

A – Allergies. The best way to communicate your child's allergies to anyone who may need to know them is with a bracelet or pendant that indicates what these allergies are. (You needn't invest in a pricey one, if cost is a deterrent for you; handmade ones will do just fine, as long as they are worn). Additionally, let all supervisory staff know of these allergies in advance, and inform them of (and supply them with) any medications that should be administered in the event of an allergy attack, such as an EPI pen.

M – Meals and snacks. Encourage your child to make healthy choices when they are away, pointing out that they will enjoy their time at camp more when their energy levels are stable due to eating balanced meals and snacks.


P – Physical illnesses and injuries. Let your child know of the importance of reporting illnesses and injuries to their supervisors right away, so that they are tended to immediately.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Promoting child pedestrian safety

While we frequently discuss strategies that can be implemented in order to make roads safer for travel, those discussions are usually centred around adults; after all, these are the individuals using the road, and therefore, are the ones setting its climate of safety (or danger). However, there is a contingency of road-sharers that deserve just as much of our attention when it comes to planning for safety: children pedestrians. This group is just as present as any other group when it comes to street activity, but because of their size and age, tend to be the most vulnerable. How can we protect them from senseless fatalities?

Increase awareness in your neighbourhood
Very simply, people remember what they are constantly reminded of, so it stands to reason that if your community does a good job of being regular with reminders of the importance of child pedestrian safety, attention to this matter will automatically increase. You can do your part in this regard by being proactive. If your community already has launched an initiative to this end, chances are they are only too happy to provide you with free materials, like brochures and posters, for you to circulate. Making these available in your workplace will get the word out, and demonstrate your responsibility in the matter. If your neighbourhood does not have such an initiative in place, don't be afraid to launch it yourself—it's much easier than it sounds, and will set you apart as a trustworthy leader in your community. The key points you want to highlight are the importance of sharing the road with all users, as well as the psychological, financial, and environmental benefits of reducing accidents. If you are at a loss for where to begin, feel free to ask neighbouring communities to borrow some of their material. Chances are, they will only be too happy to help.

Getting involved on municipal and provincial scales
While getting involved on a provincial scale does not necessarily require the degree of extroverted proactivity as is demanded on sub-municipal levels, it is just as critical. Recognizing opportunities for changes takes a keen mind, and a commitment to the cause. Your part is to encourage officials to promote laws and practices that make roads safer. Examples of such measures that you might lend your vocal support to include an increase in sidewalks, as well as traffic calming structures like speedbumps and roundabouts. When new communities are being developed, or when old communities are being updated, encourage those who have a say in how the plans for the roads will develop to make pedestrian safety a priority in their designs.

Education

Although we, as adults, are primarily responsibility for the safety of children pedestrians, this does not mean that children should be treated as passive objects in their own safety. While being young makes them vulnerable, that same factor makes them excellent candidates for effect education about safety. Children are efficient learners whose minds retain what they are taught remarkably well. Capitalize on this property by teaching them about safe walking. Ensure that they are aware of community specifics, such as the safest routes to walk by, as well as those routes which should be avoided. Encourage practices, such as crossing streets only at intersections with signs or traffic lights, looking both ways before crossing a road, and making eye contact with drivers before passing in front of their vehicles. While children are young, this is the ideal time to teach them to be focused pedestrians, who do not become engulfed in distractions (such as electronics) that can prove fatal. Engraining such habits in them now will also serve to make them ideal drivers in the future.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Mitigating heat sickness in the workplace

Inasmuch as we love the freedom that summer presents us with in terms of the seemingly endless outdoor activities we are able to engage in when the weather is fair, summer presents its own health and safety risks. This certainly has an effect on the workplace: while July and August may see no peak in incidents of influenza, heat can have an adverse enough effect on workers such that performance is diminished, and such that there may even be several sick days taken off as a result. How can we reduce the unfavourable effects of heat in the workplace so that we're left to simply enjoy the summer climate? Here are the most effective ways to do this:

Hydration. As summer approaches, ensure that you know where in your workplace you can go for a steady, reliable supply of clean drinking water. If this is something difficult to locate or access, then come prepared daily with your own supply. If you are an employer, you should encourage good hydration in the workplace at all times, but most especially in the heat. Be sure that you provide workers with a dependable water supply, and encourage them to use it. In doing your part to promote good hydration, you are taking effective measures to protect the health of your employees. You'll likely see a quick improvement in performance as a result of doing this too.

Frequent breaks. As an employee, you obviously do not necessarily determine the number and the timing of the breaks you are permitted, but if you have any say in the matter, space your breaks out evenly throughout the day. Additionally, make good use of the breaks you have to actually rest, eat properly, and care for your body. All too often, because we are so busy, we use our breaks to get tasks and errands done, which just furthers our own exhaustion. Be sure you are resting well. If you are an employer, review your break policy to ensure that it allows your staff to properly recharge.

Moderate temperatures. Constantly fluctuating between hot and cold temperatures can be very stressful on the body, and can intensify the symptoms of heat exhaustion. Try to avoid this shock by doing what you can to keep the air around you at a consistent temperature. Do what you can to limit the amount of time you spend rushing out into scorching heat, and back into ultra cool air-conditioned zones.


Look out for each other. Both employers and employees are charged with the same task here: pay attention to those around you, in order to take note of the first signs of heat exhaustion—like fatigue, dizziness, and confusion—as soon as they strike. If you notice that somebody is unwell, send them home if it is within your authority to do so, or inform superiors of this otherwise.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Five places your money is escaping to in the summer

One of the greatest attractions of living in a country like ours is that we truly get to enjoy four seasons in all of their fullness—especially in Alberta: our legendary winters don't come at the expense of properly hot summers. Living in a clime where whether conditions fluctuate so much, however, does mean that the temperature is seldom just right for survival, which is why we live in climate controlled homes. This method of climate control could be as primitive as a wood-burning stove for use in the winter, or as sophisticated as a geothermal cooling and heating system for use all year round. At any rate, it is necessary for us to consume energy in order to make our sometimes difficult climates livable. This means that we necessarily spend more money on energy consumption than our friends living in more temperate conditions. That said, there are certainly ways for us to reduce those spendings. Here are some places you may be losing money unnecessarily on energy consumption in the summer:

Sunny windows. Natural light is certainly the best kind of light available to us. However, when it comes to sunlight in the summer, there is definitely the possibility of too much of a good thing. Leaving your windows uncovered when you have the air conditioner running can actually increase the amount of work your air conditioner does by one third. Be sure to familiarize yourself with which sides of your house get the most sunlight, and what times they do so. Then, plan to cover the windows on those sides accordingly.

Setting temperatures too low. When you find yourself in what feels like unbearably scorching heat, naturally many people seek to create a polar sanctuary in their homes to escape the infernal outdoors. Setting the thermostat to 24 degrees is a reasonable target. Setting it much lower than this (at 20 degrees for example) could actually double your air conditioning bill.

Opening windows at night. Often we forget how hot it is outside simply because it's dark, and our minds associate dark with cool. After being cooped up indoors all day trying to beat the heat, we feel like it would be nice to be able to enjoy a bit of fresh air. Admittedly, if you're going to open your windows, the night is the best time to do this. However, it often does not cool down at night enough to match the temperatures you've set in your home, which means you are leaking expensive, cooled air out, and are going to pay to re-cool that air again. Check the temperature outside before opening your windows at night.

Old air conditioners. Just as dishwashers and washing machines have evolved to be much more energy-efficient than their predecessors, the same holds true for air conditioners. Newer air conditioners available on the market today can use as little as half of what their fifteen year old counterparts consume. If your air conditioner is older than this, it may be worth replacing.


Wrong-sized air conditioners. When fitting your home for an air conditioner, like Goldilocks, you neither want one that is too big, nor too small: you want one that is just right. An air conditioner that is too large for your home will run on short cycles, starting up and stopping with great frequency. This will lead to problems with humidity in your home, inefficiency in operation, and more frequent repair needs. Conversely, an air conditioner that is too small for your home's size will be constantly running, and will still not be able to keep your entire home as cool as it needs to be. When it comes to air conditioning, correct sizing is critical for energy efficiency.