How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

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Throughout the coldest and hottest weeks in Orange, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to decrease 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 big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal 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 uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop 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. Switching out your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Call Mighty Ducts to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During spring, have an HVAC technician review 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 winter weather sets in later. Regular maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Mighty Ducts experts are trained 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 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 each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from the home.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat automates 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 Mighty Ducts to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

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 wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, there’s a possibility 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, Mighty Ducts is here to help. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Mighty Ducts in Orange is ready to guide you. Call us at 714-464-3376 or schedule an appointment online.

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