How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Through the coldest and hottest moments in Booneville, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, 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 the energy you use.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease 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 uses energy.

Change 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 prevent 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 lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Call Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. Once it is spring, have an HVAC professional review your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them come to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Regular maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC experts are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as easy 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 each day. 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 gone.

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 controls the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC 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 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, Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC is here to help. We’ll help you recognize 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 Booneville Heating & Cooling LLC in Booneville is ready to guide you. Call us at 662-269-8716 or schedule an appointment online.