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How Can I Reduce My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest days in Oxford, your heating and cooling system is an important 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 be the culprit behind nearly half of your energy usage.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a good place to start changing 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 consumes energy.

Replace 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 block 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 lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter consistently keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters once a month. Remember, filters may 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 Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is key. 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 back to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the cooler weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. technicians are qualified 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 raising (depending on the season) your temperature by just resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from the home.

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 meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, often allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Chat with Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Assess Your Equipment

Old HVAC equipment can be a drain on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems offer, there’s a likelihood 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, Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and pick a system that will work for your needs.

If you have additional questions about watching your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Oxford is ready to guide you. Call us at 662-350-0343 or schedule an appointment online.

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