How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Through the coldest and hottest weeks in Anaheim, your heating and cooling system is an essential ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, 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 large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are many ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital 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, 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. Changing out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each 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. Reach out to Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. Once it is spring, have an HVAC expert 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. Routine maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. professionals are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as stress-free as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or not at home. 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 drastic measures all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by just 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 streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. to see if either of these options will work for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong 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, Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. is here to help. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about watching your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Eco Fresh HVAC Inc. in Anaheim is all set to guide you. Call us at 714-855-1717 or schedule an appointment online.