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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest days in Hamilton, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of the energy you use.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and prevent them from polluting your space. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a 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. Contact Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. Once it is spring, have an HVAC technician inspect 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. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC professionals are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill 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 extreme measures all the time. 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 away from the home.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill every 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 possibility your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC is here to help. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about watching your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC in Hamilton is prepared to guide you. Contact us at 513-268-5164 or schedule an appointment online.

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