How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

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During the coldest and hottest moments in Bountiful, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, 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 account for nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to keeping up 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 home. 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 lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Reach out to Craig's Heating & Cooling to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. While it’s spring, have an HVAC professional 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. Regular maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Craig's Heating & Cooling technicians are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or gone. 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 increasing (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 yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Craig's Heating & Cooling to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill during the year. 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 good chance 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, Craig's Heating & Cooling is here to help. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Craig's Heating & Cooling in Bountiful is all set to guide you. Reach us at 801-396-0372 or schedule an appointment online.

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