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How Can I Take Control of My Energy Costs?

During the coldest and hottest moments in Pocatello, your heating and cooling system is an essential 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 account for nearly half of the energy you use.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease 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 uses energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to upholding 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 home. However, dirty filters impact even more than the air quality. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Contact Vogts Heating & Air to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. Once it is 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 winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. Vogts Heating & Air technicians are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as easy as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or gone. The closer your home’s temperature 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 easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or not at the house.

You could make these adjustments yourself each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to reach that goal. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with Vogts Heating & Air to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill each month. 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, Vogts Heating & Air can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand 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 arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Vogts Heating & Air in Pocatello is prepared to guide you. Call us at 208-621-0129 or schedule an appointment online.

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