Through the coldest and hottest weeks in Winchester, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, 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 account for nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are many ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to upholding your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and prevent 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 lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an excessive 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 at your home. Call Thornberry Bros Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. While it’s spring, have an HVAC professional 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 cold weather sets in later. Routine maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Thornberry Bros Inc technicians are well-equipped 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 gone. 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 extreme measures each 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 gone.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Thornberry Bros Inc to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the wrong 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 determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, Thornberry Bros Inc can help you out. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Thornberry Bros Inc in Winchester is ready to guide you. Call us at 859-414-0596 or schedule an appointment online.