How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

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During the coldest and hottest days in Raceland, 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 make up nearly half of your energy usage.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are many 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 critical to upholding your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your space. 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. Replacing your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an excessive 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 subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Reach out to Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. Once it is 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 back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cold weather sets in later. Routine maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service experts are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as easy as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or gone. 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 drastic measures all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (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 on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates 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. Chat with Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the inappropriate 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, Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service is here to help. We’ll help you get to know 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 selections, the team at Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service in Raceland is prepared to guide you. Call us at 985-247-4040 or schedule an appointment online.

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