How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

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Throughout the coldest and hottest weeks in Vancouver, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, 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 large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are several ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your house. 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 regularly keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each 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 Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. Once it is spring, have an HVAC expert 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 cooler weather sets in later. Routine maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC technicians 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 not at home. 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 extreme measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Review Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, 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, Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC can give give you a hand. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Air Pro Heating & Cooling LLC in Vancouver is ready to guide you. Contact us at 360-464-1094 or schedule an appointment online.

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