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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest days in Colorado Springs, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to lower your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could account for nearly half of the energy you use.

That big 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 plenty of ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your home. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an unnecessary 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 by dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Call Mitchell Heating to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During spring, have an HVAC professional inspect your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them come to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cold weather sets in later. Regular maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Mitchell Heating technicians are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill can be as stress-free 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 crazy measures every day. 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 not at the house.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to select a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically adjusts the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with Mitchell Heating 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 every month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the incorrect 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 come to the conclusion it’s time to look for a replacement system, Mitchell Heating is here to help. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Mitchell Heating in Colorado Springs is ready to guide you. Reach us at 719-422-4236 or schedule an appointment online.

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