How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Odessa, your heating and cooling system is an essential ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to decrease 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 big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start improving 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 adapt how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital 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 home. 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is around dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Contact Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. Once it is spring, have an HVAC technician inspect 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. Regular maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning professionals are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as simple 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 extreme 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 away from the home.

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 adjusts the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning to see if either of these options will work for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer running 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 determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning 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 Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning in Odessa is ready to guide you. Call us at 432-237-0168 or schedule an appointment online.