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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest moments in Abilene, your heating and cooling system is a critical 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 household’s energy use.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to maintaining 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 home. 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 regularly keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Reach out to Abilene Air-Tech Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. During 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 come back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Abilene Air-Tech Inc technicians are qualified 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 gone. 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 not at the house.

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 regulates the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Abilene Air-Tech Inc to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, there’s a possibility 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, Abilene Air-Tech Inc can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene is all set to guide you. Reach us at 325-200-4667 or schedule an appointment online.

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