How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

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During the coldest and hottest weeks in East Hanover, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, 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 big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good 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 many ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Change 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 home. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Contact Effective Service Group, LLC to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is spring, have an HVAC expert inspect your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them come to your house again 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 planned to—with peak efficiency. Effective Service Group, LLC experts are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as stress-free 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 each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (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 yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to determine 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, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Effective Service Group, LLC to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Review Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the inappropriate 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 come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, Effective Service Group, LLC is here to help. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Effective Service Group, LLC in East Hanover is ready to guide you. Contact us at 973-245-9707 or schedule an appointment online.

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