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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Saint Petersburg, 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 account for 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 reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical 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 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 regularly keeps your system from using an unnecessary 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 subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Reach out to Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. While it’s spring, have an HVAC professional 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. Regular maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc technicians are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as easy 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 crazy measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to meet that temp. 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.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be an issue 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 good chance 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, Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc can help you out. 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 watching 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.

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