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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest days in Laguna Niguel, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, 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 the energy you use.

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

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up 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 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 reduce air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Switching out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an unnecessary amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is subject to dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Reach out to Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to work as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is significant. During 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 cold weather sets in later. Regular maintenance ensures your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating technicians are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Reducing those energy costs can be as stress-free as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. 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 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 not at the house.

You could make these adjustments manually 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 match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to adjust the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Upgrade Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill every 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 possibility 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, Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating can help you out. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about managing your energy costs, need to arrange maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating in Laguna Niguel is all set to guide you. Call us at 949-525-9119 or schedule an appointment online.

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