How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

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Throughout the coldest and hottest moments in Cape Coral, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, 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 account for nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect 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 many ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help catch 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unnecessary 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 around dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Contact Comfort Zone Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run 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 to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cold weather sets in later. Routine maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Comfort Zone Inc professionals are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as easy as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or not at home. 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 extreme measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Comfort Zone Inc to see if either of these options will work for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, there’s a good chance 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, Comfort Zone Inc can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about managing your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Comfort Zone Inc in Cape Coral is prepared to guide you. Call us at 239-214-0411 or schedule an appointment online.

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