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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest moments in Des Moines, 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of your energy usage.

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 utility bill, there are several ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Replace Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to maintaining your home’s air quality. They help collect a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block them from polluting your space. 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every 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. Call Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. While it’s spring, have an HVAC technician assess 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. Routine maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling professionals are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as simple as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. 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 extreme measures every day. 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 away from the home.

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 adjusts the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling to see if either of these options will work for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill during the year. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, 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, Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling can give give you a hand. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about managing your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system options, the team at Kohles & Bach Heating & Cooling in Des Moines is all set to guide you. Contact us at 515-207-6569 or schedule an appointment online.

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