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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Huntsville, your heating and cooling system is an important 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of your energy usage.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to maintaining 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 space. 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. Changing out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an excessive 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 at your home. Contact All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is spring, have an HVAC technician 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. Routine maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc experts 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 gone. The closer the house’s temp is to the conditions outside, the lower your energy bill can be. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to take drastic measures all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments on your own 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 match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill every 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 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, All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc can give give you a hand. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at All Weather Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Huntsville is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 256-801-4701 or schedule an appointment online.

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