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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest moments in Hudsonville, 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 the energy you use.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal 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 uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to upholding 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 house. 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 each 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 West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. While it’s spring, have an HVAC professional review 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 cooler weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services experts are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. 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 drastic measures every 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 gone.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat helps 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, usually allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems have, there’s a good chance 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, West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services can help you out. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville is prepared to guide you. Call us at (616) 669-3961 or schedule an appointment online.

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