How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Scottsboro, 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 the energy you use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are plenty of 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 important 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. Replacing your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted 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 around dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Contact Southern Heating & Cooling 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 run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. While it’s spring, have an HVAC technician assess 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 winter weather sets in later. Regular maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. experts are trained 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 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 crazy measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (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 manually each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to select 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, usually allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the wrong 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 determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. can help you out. We’ll help you recognize 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 choices, the team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro is ready to guide you. Call us at 256-574-1300 or schedule an appointment online.

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