How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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Through the coldest and hottest weeks in Auburn, 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 the energy you use.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are several ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your home. However, more than just your air quality suffers when your filters are full of debris. 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 unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is around dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Call Forster Heating to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During 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. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Forster Heating experts are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. 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 drastic measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by simply resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from the home.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Forster Heating 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 working efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, 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, Forster Heating is here to help. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Forster Heating in Auburn is ready to guide you. Call us at 530-885-8081 or schedule an appointment online.

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