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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Mount Pleasant, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to reduce 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 a perfect 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 direct how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your house. 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted 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 subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Contact Olde Towne Heating & Air to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. Once it is spring, have an HVAC technician assess 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 cooler weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Olde Towne Heating & Air experts are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as stress-free as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or gone. 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 all the time. 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 determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Olde Towne Heating & Air to see if either of these options will work for you.

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 offer, there’s a good chance 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, Olde Towne Heating & Air 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 managing your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Olde Towne Heating & Air in Mount Pleasant is all set to guide you. Reach us at 843-485-0967 or schedule an appointment online.

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