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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest moments in Odessa, your heating and cooling system is an essential ally in keeping your home comfortable. On the other hand, 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 account for nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are many ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to upholding your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted 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 around dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Contact Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Regular 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 professional review your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them come back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the winter weather sets in later. Regular maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning experts are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as simple 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 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 helps the process. These thermostats allow you to select 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, typically allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning 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 every month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, there’s a possibility 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, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning can help you out. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa is ready to guide you. Contact us at 432-237-0168 or schedule an appointment online.

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