How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

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During the coldest and hottest moments in Chatsworth, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to reduce 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 a good place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease 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.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to upholding your home’s air quality. They help capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your space. However, more than just your air quality suffers when your filters are full of debris. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Reach out to True Temp Heating & Air Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. While it’s spring, have an HVAC expert assess your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them come to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cold weather sets in later. Routine maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. True Temp Heating & Air Inc experts are trained 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 drastic measures all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with True Temp Heating & Air Inc to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the inappropriate size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, there’s a possibility your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, True Temp Heating & Air Inc 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 additional questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at True Temp Heating & Air Inc in Chatsworth is all set to guide you. Reach us at 706-695-7492 or schedule an appointment online.

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