Now that the holidays are over it is time for us all to get back in the swing of things and take care of business. If you are like us, you enjoyed your break and maybe even put things off that you would normally take care of on a regular basis. Since it is the beginning of a new year, we wanted to give you a few ideas that will help your heating and cooling units.
Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are plenty of ways big and small to adapt how your heating and cooling system consumes energy. Below are some HVAC New Year’s resolutions you can participate in.
Replace Your Air Filters
The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to maintaining 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 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use by dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. We can help to find out what kind of filter change is correct for your system.
Schedule Routine HVAC Service
If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. Once it is 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 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 work exactly as it was planned to with peak efficiency. American AC Heat Plumbing & Air are professionals trained 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 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 crazy 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 not at the house.
You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. Another option is a smart thermostat which takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with American AC Heat Plumbing to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.
Review Your Equipment
Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, 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, American AC Heat Plumbing & Air can help you out. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.
If you have more questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to book maintenance, or want to discuss new system options, the team at American AC Heat Plumbing & Air has you covered. We are located in the San Fernando Valley and we are all set to guide you.