How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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During the coldest and hottest moments in Rancho Santa Margarita, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, 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 make up nearly half of your energy usage.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are several 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 important to upholding your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your space. However, when your filters become dirty, it isn’t just your air quality that is affected. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter routinely 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 in the house. Call White Mechanical, Inc. 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 significant. Once it is 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 come back 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 work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. White Mechanical, Inc. experts are trained 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 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 crazy measures all the time. 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 gone.

You could make these adjustments manually 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, usually allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with White Mechanical, Inc. to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older 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 possibility your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, White Mechanical, Inc. can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at White Mechanical, Inc. in Rancho Santa Margarita is ready to guide you. Reach us at 949-284-6382 or schedule an appointment online.

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