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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Belton, your heating and cooling system is a critical 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are many ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your house. 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 excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each 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. Contact Bell Air Conditioning Inc. to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. While it’s 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 return to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Routine maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Bell Air Conditioning Inc. technicians are qualified 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 not at home. 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 crazy measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or upping (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 manually each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Bell Air Conditioning Inc. to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the inappropriate 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 come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, Bell Air Conditioning Inc. can help you out. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about watching your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Bell Air Conditioning Inc. in Belton is all set to guide you. Call us at 254-307-9572 or schedule an appointment online.

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