How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

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Throughout the coldest and hottest moments in Drexel Hill, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, 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 a perfect place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to upholding 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unwarranted 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 around dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Call O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. During spring, have an HVAC professional assess 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. Routine maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was planned 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

Lowering that utility bill can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. 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 increasing (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 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 monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer working 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 determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning can help you out. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

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

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