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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 essential 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 reduce 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.

Change Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and block 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 lower air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Replacing 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 Routine HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. While it’s spring, have an HVAC technician inspect 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. Consistent maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was intended 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 simple 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 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 away from the home.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat helps the process. These thermostats allow you to set a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically controls the temperature in your home to meet that temp. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, typically 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

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden on your energy bill every month. Whether they’re no longer running efficiently, are the wrong size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, 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 schedule 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 662-281-1231 or schedule an appointment online.

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