How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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Through the coldest and hottest days in Genoa, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to decrease your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could make up nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are several ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to upholding your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your space. However, when your filters become dirty, it isn’t just your air quality that is affected. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Call Assured Appliance and Heating & Air to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. During spring, have an HVAC professional assess your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them return to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Assured Appliance and Heating & Air experts are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or not at home. The closer your home’s temperature is to the conditions outside, the lower your energy bill can be. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to take extreme measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Assured Appliance and Heating & Air to see if either of these options will work for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, there’s a good chance your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, Assured Appliance and Heating & Air can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air in Genoa is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 847-306-8990 or schedule an appointment online.

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