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How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest weeks in Saint Peters, 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 make up 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 decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are many ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Replace 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 prevent them from polluting your house. 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 decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is around dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Contact C-N-O Comfort Zone to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. While it’s 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 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 work exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. C-N-O Comfort Zone technicians 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 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 crazy measures all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (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 yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to determine 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, typically allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with C-N-O Comfort Zone to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be an issue 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 offer, there’s a good chance your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, C-N-O Comfort Zone 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 watching your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at C-N-O Comfort Zone in Saint Peters is all set to guide you. Call us at 636-255-8997 or schedule an appointment online.

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