How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

During the coldest and hottest weeks in McHenry, 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of your energy usage.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are many 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 vital to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching 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 inside. Call Jett's Heating & Air Inc. to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. 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 come to your house again 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. Jett's Heating & Air Inc. technicians are well-equipped 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 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 drastic measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat helps 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, often allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Jett's Heating & Air Inc. to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems have, 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, Jett's Heating & Air Inc. can help you out. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry is ready to guide you. Reach us at 815-410-1128 or schedule an appointment online.