How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Throughout the coldest and hottest moments in Laurel, 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 account for nearly half of the energy you use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are many ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to maintaining 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, 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters might 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 H&C Heating and Cooling to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is spring, have an HVAC expert inspect 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. Regular maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. H&C Heating and Cooling technicians are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as stress-free 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 crazy measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with H&C Heating and Cooling to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong 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 determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, H&C Heating and Cooling can help you out. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at H&C Heating and Cooling in Laurel is all set to guide you. Contact us at 301-960-3247 or schedule an appointment online.