How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

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Through the coldest and hottest moments in Marshall, 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 the energy you use.

That large 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 uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to upholding 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 space. However, more than just your air quality suffers when your filters are full of debris. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can decrease 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 once a month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is around dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Reach out to All Elements Heating & Air LLC to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run 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 winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. All Elements Heating & Air LLC technicians are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as stress-free 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 crazy measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (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 manually each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with All Elements Heating & Air LLC to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Review Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the inappropriate size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, there’s a likelihood your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, All Elements Heating & Air LLC 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 additional questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at All Elements Heating & Air LLC in Marshall is all set to guide you. Call us at 903-204-7354 or schedule an appointment online.

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