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How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest moments in Hickory, 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 lower 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 hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your home. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. 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 routinely 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 Climate Control Systems to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. While it’s spring, have an HVAC professional 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. Routine maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Climate Control Systems 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 the house’s temp is to the conditions outside, the lower your energy bill can be. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to take crazy 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 gone.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Climate Control Systems to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill every month. 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 possibility 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, Climate Control Systems can help you out. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about watching your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Climate Control Systems in Hickory is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 828-283-0369 or schedule an appointment online.

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