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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest days in Derby, 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of your energy usage.

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

Switch Out 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 stop 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter consistently 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 in the house. Call Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is spring, have an HVAC technician 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. Regular maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning experts are well-equipped 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 away. 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 crazy measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to set 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. Talk with Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning 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 every month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems have, there’s a likelihood 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, Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning 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 additional questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Giordanos Heating and Air Conditioning in Derby is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 203-734-7648 or schedule an appointment online.

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