How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Through the coldest and hottest moments in Stuart, your heating and cooling system is an essential ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, 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 hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce 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 uses 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 prevent them from polluting your house. 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. Replacing your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each 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 Breathe Healthier Air to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. During 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 return to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Breathe Healthier Air professionals are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. The closer the temp in your house is to the conditions outside, the lower your energy bill can be. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to take extreme measures all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat helps 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, typically allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Breathe Healthier Air to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems have, there’s a possibility 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, Breathe Healthier Air can help you out. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about watching your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Breathe Healthier Air in Stuart is prepared to guide you. Call us at 772-600-7151 or schedule an appointment online.