How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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Through the coldest and hottest days in Ronkonkoma, 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 the energy you use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system expends 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 block 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 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 every 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 inside. Reach out to Cool Power LLC to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. While it’s spring, have an HVAC expert assess 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 operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Cool Power LLC professionals are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as simple 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 all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from the home.

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 controls the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Cool Power LLC to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Review Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the inappropriate size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, there’s a likelihood 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, Cool Power LLC can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand 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 choices, the team at Cool Power LLC in Ronkonkoma is ready to guide you. Reach us at 631-246-4029 or schedule an appointment online.

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