How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

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During the coldest and hottest moments in Greenville, 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 reduce your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could account for nearly half of your energy usage.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your home. 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. Switching out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Reach out to Ken Parker Service Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. Once it is spring, have an HVAC technician inspect 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 ensures your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Ken Parker Service Inc professionals are qualified 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 the house’s temp 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 simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments yourself 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 match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Ken Parker Service Inc to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Assess Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer working 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, Ken Parker Service Inc is here to help. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Ken Parker Service Inc in Greenville is ready to guide you. Call us at 903-246-4877 or schedule an appointment online.

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