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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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 decrease 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 uses energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your house. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. 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 each month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to 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 Regular HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to work 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 return to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the winter weather sets in later. Routine maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling professionals 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 crazy measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (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 select 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 adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling to see if either of these options will work for you.

Review Your Equipment

Old 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 offer, 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, Wolfe & Sons Heating and Cooling can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, 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.

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