How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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During the coldest and hottest moments in Olathe, your heating and cooling system is an important 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 make up nearly half of the energy you use.

That hefty 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 manage how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help capture 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is 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 winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning experts are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as stress-free 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 all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (depending on the season) your temperature by simply 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 adjusts the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the inappropriate 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 come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 913-432-3342 or schedule an appointment online.

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