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How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest days in Alliance, 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 account for nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to upholding your home’s air quality. They help capture 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters may 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 Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. During 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 return to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cold weather sets in later. Regular maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling technicians are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as easy 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 drastic measures each day. 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 away from the home.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the inappropriate size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, there’s a good chance 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, Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling can help you out. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Jack's Refrigeration Heating and Cooling in Alliance is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 308-646-3827 or schedule an appointment online.

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