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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest weeks in Napoleon, your heating and cooling system is a critical 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 account for nearly half of your energy usage.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are several ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to upholding 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 home. 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. 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 might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Call Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. While it’s spring, have an HVAC technician review 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 cold weather sets in later. Routine maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. experts are qualified 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 simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, 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, Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. can help you out. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and choose 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 selections, the team at Von Deylen Plumbing & Heating Inc. in Napoleon is ready to guide you. Call us at 419-592-4756 or schedule an appointment online.

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