How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Through the coldest and hottest days in Drexel Hill, your heating and cooling system is an essential ally in keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, 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 energy usage.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, 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 important to upholding your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your home. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters could 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. 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 back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cold weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning professionals are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs 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 each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.

You could make these adjustments on your own 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 reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill every month. 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 decided it’s time to look for a replacement system, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in Drexel Hill is ready to guide you. Contact us at 610-257-7035 or schedule an appointment online.