How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

January 24, 2019

Throughout the coldest and hottest weeks in Long Beach, your heating and cooling system is an important ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, 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 account for nearly half of the energy you use.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are several ways—big and small—to direct how your heating and cooling system uses energy.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are critical to upholding your home’s air quality. They help capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and prevent them from polluting your home. 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. Changing out your air filter regularly keeps your system from using an excessive 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 around dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Reach out to YES R&M Inc. to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you depend on your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. Once it is 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 to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Regular maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. YES R&M Inc. experts 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 crazy measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or gone.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with YES R&M Inc. to see if either of these options will work for you.

Assess Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems have, 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, YES R&M Inc. is here to help. We’ll help you recognize different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about monitoring your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at YES R&M Inc. in Long Beach is prepared to guide you. Reach us at 562-286-6624 or schedule an appointment online.