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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest weeks in Pacheco, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are several ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to keeping up 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 house. 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 regularly keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Reach out to Clean Air HVAC to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. 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 cooler weather sets in later. Regular maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Clean Air HVAC experts are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs 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 extreme 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 away from the home.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Clean Air HVAC 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 each month. Whether they’re no longer operating 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 determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, Clean Air HVAC can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco is all set to guide you. Reach us at 925-233-6238 or schedule an appointment online.

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