How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

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Through the coldest and hottest days in Moline, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, 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 your energy usage.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are plenty of 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 critical to upholding your home’s air quality. They help capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your space. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter consistently 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 by dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Call Freed Heating & Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. 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 come to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cold weather sets in later. Routine maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Freed Heating & Air Conditioning technicians are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as stress-free as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. 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 increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from the home.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls 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. Talk with Freed Heating & Air Conditioning to see if either of these options will work for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older 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 offer, there’s a good chance 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, Freed Heating & Air Conditioning can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline is prepared to guide you. Call us at 309-323-9584 or schedule an appointment online.

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