How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Through the coldest and hottest weeks in Huffman, your heating and cooling system is a critical 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 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 direct how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Change 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 prevent 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 lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Contact Air Houston Mechanical LLC 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 key. While it’s 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 return to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Air Houston Mechanical LLC experts are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as stress-free as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or gone. 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 upping (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 manually each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Air Houston Mechanical LLC to see if either of these options will work for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer running 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 come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, Air Houston Mechanical LLC can give give you a hand. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Huffman is prepared to guide you. Contact us at 832-777-1521 or schedule an appointment online.