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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Libertyville, 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 reduce 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 adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are many ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to upholding your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your house. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter consistently 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 by dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Contact Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is spring, have an HVAC professional assess 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. Regular maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical professionals are trained 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 not at home. 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 raising (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 streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Review Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer running 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 decided it’s time to look for a replacement system, Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical 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 more questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Toptec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical in Libertyville is ready to guide you. Reach us at 847-362-0262 or schedule an appointment online.

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