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How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest days in Bossier City, your heating and cooling system is an essential 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 make up nearly half of the energy you use.

That hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to upholding your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your space. 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 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 once a month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Reach out to Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning 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 run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. During spring, have an HVAC expert 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 winter weather sets in later. Regular maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was intended to—with peak efficiency. Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning professionals are trained 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 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 easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.

You could make these adjustments manually each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a burden 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 offer, there’s a likelihood 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, Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about watching your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 800-COOLING or schedule an appointment online.

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