How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Through the coldest and hottest days in Sacramento, your heating and cooling system is a critical 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 account for nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce 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.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help capture 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. Changing out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an excessive 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 in the house. Contact American HVAC Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to operate 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 winter weather sets in later. Routine maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. American HVAC Inc experts are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as easy as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. The closer the temp in your house is to the conditions outside, the lower your energy bill can be. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to take drastic measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with American HVAC Inc to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be an issue 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 offer, there’s a possibility 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, American HVAC Inc can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at American HVAC Inc in Sacramento is prepared to guide you. Contact us at 916-243-6714 or schedule an appointment online.