How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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During the coldest and hottest moments in St. Louis, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to reduce 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 utility costs, there are several ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and prevent them from polluting your home. 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. Replacing your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Reach out to Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. While it’s 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 cooler weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating professionals are well-equipped 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 not at home. 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 on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to set 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 set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating to see if either of these options will work for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, 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, Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating is here to help. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about watching your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Morgner Inc. Air Conditioning & Heating in St. Louis is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 314-262-4541 or schedule an appointment online.

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