How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

During the coldest and hottest weeks in Saint Petersburg, 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 make up nearly half of your energy usage.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce 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 expends energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help capture 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is around dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Contact Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you depend on 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 return to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc 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 not at home. 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 crazy measures each 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 yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc to see if either of these options will work for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the inappropriate size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, there’s a good chance your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve decided it’s time to look for a replacement system, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc is here to help. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and pick 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 Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Saint Petersburg is all set to guide you. Reach us at 727-369-6195 or schedule an appointment online.