How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Through the coldest and hottest weeks in Alice, your heating and cooling system is a critical 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 make up nearly half of the energy you use.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up 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, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. 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 consistently keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Call Rescue Heating & Air to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. During spring, have an HVAC professional inspect 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 cold weather sets in later. Routine maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Rescue Heating & Air experts are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill 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 drastic measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts 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. Consult with Rescue Heating & Air to see if either of these options will work for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a drain 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 offer, 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, Rescue Heating & Air can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Rescue Heating & Air in Alice is ready to guide you. Reach us at 361-265-4371 or schedule an appointment online.