How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

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Throughout the coldest and hottest weeks in Robstown, your heating and cooling system is a critical 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 your energy usage.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, there are many ways—big and small—to manage how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to upholding 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 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. Replacing your air filter regularly 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 by dusty conditions, or you have pets in the house. Reach out to McNatt Inc to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. While it’s spring, have an HVAC expert inspect 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 cold weather sets in later. Routine maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. McNatt Inc experts are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy 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 extreme measures every day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (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 manually 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 match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with McNatt Inc to see if either of these options will work for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer working 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 decided it’s time to look for a replacement system, McNatt Inc can help you out. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at McNatt Inc in Robstown is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 361-247-0605 or schedule an appointment online.

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