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How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest moments in Westminster, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to reduce your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could account for nearly half of your energy usage.

That hefty 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 costs, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system consumes 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 stop them from polluting your space. However, when your filters become dirty, it isn’t just your air quality that is affected. 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 once a month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Call True Heating & Cooling to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. Once it is 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 cooler weather sets in later. Regular maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. True Heating & 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 simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. The closer your home’s temperature 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 just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with True Heating & Cooling to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a drain 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 offer, 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, True Heating & Cooling 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 additional questions about managing your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at True Heating & Cooling in Westminster is ready to guide you. Contact us at 720-316-1898 or schedule an appointment online.

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