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How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Ridgedale and the Branson area, 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 large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start adjusting 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 consumes energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help capture 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Reach out to Branson HVAC, LLC to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During 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 come back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Routine maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Branson HVAC, LLC experts are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as easy as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. 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 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 not at the house.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to determine 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 monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Branson HVAC, LLC to see if either of these options will work for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be an issue 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 provide, 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, Branson HVAC, LLC is here to help. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Branson HVAC, LLC in Ridgedale and the Branson area is ready to guide you. Call us at 417-319-1779 or schedule an appointment online.

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