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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Denton, 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 large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are many ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to keeping up 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every 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 inside. Reach out to Oak Point Heating and 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 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 back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Oak Point Heating and Air LLC professionals are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as easy 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 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 gone.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat automates the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Oak Point Heating and Air LLC 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 during the year. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems have, 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, Oak Point Heating and Air LLC can help you out. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Oak Point Heating and Air LLC in Denton is all set to guide you. Reach us at 940-202-1202 or schedule an appointment online.

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