During the coldest and hottest moments in Rochester, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to reduce your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could account for nearly half of the energy you use.
That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy 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 vital to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your home. 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. Changing out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Reach out to Brogan Heating & AC Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.
Schedule Regular HVAC Service
If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. While it’s spring, have an HVAC professional assess 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 cooler weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Brogan Heating & AC Inc technicians are trained to help your system get back on track.
Switch Out Your Thermostat
Reducing those energy costs 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 each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.
You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to determine 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 monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Brogan Heating & AC Inc to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.
Assess Your Equipment
Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, there’s a possibility 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, Brogan Heating & AC Inc 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 other questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Brogan Heating & AC Inc in Rochester is ready to guide you. Call us at 507-218-0088 or schedule an appointment online.