How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

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

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to upholding 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 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 lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter regularly 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. Contact Goode Bros AC & Heating to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During spring, have an HVAC expert 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. Routine maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Goode Bros AC & Heating technicians are qualified 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 crazy measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Goode Bros AC & Heating to see if either of these options will work for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the incorrect 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 decided it’s time to look for a replacement system, Goode Bros AC & Heating is here to help. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Goode Bros AC & Heating in Katy is prepared to guide you. Reach us at (833)-466-3322 or schedule an appointment online.