During the coldest and hottest days in Rockford, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to decrease your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could be the culprit behind 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 decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are several ways—big and small—to adapt 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 collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and prevent them from polluting your house. 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 consistently keeps your system from using an excessive 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 around dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Call Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.
Schedule Routine HVAC Service
If you expect your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. During 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 confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc professionals are well-equipped 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 not at home. 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 increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from the home.
You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc to see if either of these options will work for you.
Assess Your Equipment
Old HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems have, there’s a likelihood 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, Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc is here to help. We’ll help you understand 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 arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc in Rockford is ready to guide you. Call us at (815)914-6197 or schedule an appointment online.