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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest moments in Mechanicsville, 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 make up 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 shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Replace 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 prevent 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 routinely keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Reach out to M & S Heating & Air LLC to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. While it’s spring, have an HVAC technician 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. Regular maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. M & S Heating & Air LLC professionals are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as stress-free as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. The closer your home’s temperature 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 raising (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 streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to select 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, usually allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with M & S Heating & Air LLC to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Assess Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, there’s a likelihood 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, M & S Heating & Air LLC can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about managing your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at M & S Heating & Air LLC in Mechanicsville is prepared to guide you. Contact us at 301-363-4699 or schedule an appointment online.

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