How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

During the coldest and hottest weeks in Saint Petersburg, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to lower 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 reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are several ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and prevent 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unwarranted 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 Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is spring, have an HVAC expert 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 cold weather sets in later. Regular maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was planned 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 simple 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 simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

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 regulates the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc to see if either of these options will work for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, there’s a likelihood 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 select 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 selections, the team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Saint Petersburg is all set to guide you. Contact us at 727-369-6195 or schedule an appointment online.