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How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest days in Tucker, your heating and cooling system is an essential 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 improving 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.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to upholding your home’s air quality. They help catch 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is around dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Contact ACS Heating and Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. Once it is spring, have an HVAC technician 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 cold weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. ACS Heating and Air Conditioning technicians are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or not at home. The closer your home’s temperature 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 increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

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 controls the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with ACS Heating and Air Conditioning to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer operating 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 determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, ACS Heating and Air Conditioning 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 more questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at ACS Heating and Air Conditioning in Tucker is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 770-450-1539 or schedule an appointment online.

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