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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest weeks in Wheeling, your heating and cooling system is an essential ally in keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to lower your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could account for nearly half of your energy usage.

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 many ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your home. 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an excessive 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. Reach out to Local HVAC Repair & Service to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is spring, have an HVAC expert review your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them come back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Local HVAC Repair & Service experts are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or gone. 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 drastic measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from the home.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Local HVAC Repair & Service to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

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

When you’ve decided it’s time to look for a replacement system, Local HVAC Repair & Service is here to help. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about watching your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Local HVAC Repair & Service in Wheeling is ready to guide you. Call us at 224-300-4806 or schedule an appointment online.

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