What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Laurel?
A wonderful place to start saving money is right inside your home. The Department of Energy estimates the money spent heating and cooling your home to make up 48% of your utility bill. You’ll be happy to know that saving money on your energy bills doesn’t take a lot of time or money. The first step on your money saving journey is scheduling your regular furnace service. The team at H&C Heating and Cooling in Laurel has put together a couple tips that will help you lower the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Technology is advancing faster than ever and the technology inside your thermostat is no exception. Our iComfort S30 uses the GPS from your smartphone and identifies when you have left and adjusts itself to not waste energy while you are away which can potentially save money. It doesn’t just know when you’ve left, it also knows when you will return and learns your routine and adjusts itself accordingly.
The Department of Energy has conducted studies and concluded that having a well programmed, or smart thermostat, can save you on cooling costs. While still staying comfortable, set the thermostat as low as you can during the winter months and as high as you can during the summer. It’s not hard for your body to make those adjustments if you change the temperature a degree a day. We offer several different thermostat options and we can help you pick out the one that will work best with your schedule.
If you have an ever-changing schedule, you’ll want to go with the 7-day model. These thermostats allow you to set different temperature periods on the weekends and keep a regular schedule on weekdays.
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you think you’re nearing the point where your system will need to be replaced, explore your options so you’re able to make an informed decision when that day arrives. Some things you’ll want to look into are the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of air conditioners and the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of furnaces. The higher the rating, the greater the chance for savings.
If it’s time for a new system or just wanting to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at H&C Heating and Cooling in Laurel can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 301-960-3247.