How Can I Manage My Energy Costs? Posted January 24, 2019 Through the coldest and hottest days in Columbus, 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 make up nearly half of your household’s energy use. That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are many ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system consumes energy. Switch Out 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 prevent them from polluting your house. 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. Replacing your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters may 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 Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system. Schedule Routine HVAC Service If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. During 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 makes sure your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling professionals are qualified to help your system get back on track. Switch Out Your Thermostat Saving money on your energy bill can be as easy 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 drastic measures every 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 not at the house. You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat helps 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, usually allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling to see if either of these options are a good fit for you. Review Your Equipment Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill each month. 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 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, Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs. If you have other questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling in Columbus is prepared to guide you. Call us at 614-451-0846 or schedule an appointment online.