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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Franklin Lakes, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, 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 hefty draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start changing your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up 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, 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. Switching out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unnecessary 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 around dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Call Total Comfort to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is 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 come back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Routine maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Total Comfort professionals are trained 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 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 drastic measures all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (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 automates the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls 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 Total Comfort to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the inappropriate 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, Total Comfort can give give you a hand. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes is prepared to guide you. Call us at 201-268-5663 or schedule an appointment online.

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