How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

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Throughout the coldest and hottest moments in Lodi, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of the energy you use.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are many ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to upholding your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unnecessary 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 at your home. Contact Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During 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 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. Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning experts are trained 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 gone. 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 extreme measures every 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 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 controls the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning to see if either of these options will work for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the inappropriate 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 determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning can help you out. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and pick 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 Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi is ready to guide you. Reach us at 209-257-3156 or schedule an appointment online.

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