Throughout the coldest and hottest moments in Northglenn, 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 be the culprit behind 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 shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are several ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system uses 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 capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and prevent them from polluting your home. However, more than just your air quality suffers when your filters are full of debris. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is around dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Reach out to Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.
Schedule Routine HVAC Service
If you want your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. While it’s spring, have an HVAC professional review 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 cooler weather sets in later. Regular maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. technicians are trained 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 away. 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 raising (depending on the season) your temperature by just 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 monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.
Review Your Equipment
Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. 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 come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, 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 more questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Northglenn is all set to guide you. Contact us at 303-452-4146 or schedule an appointment online.