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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Chadron, your heating and cooling system is a critical ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, 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 account for nearly half of the energy you use.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start adjusting your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to shrink your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility costs, 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 upholding your home’s air quality. They help capture a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and stop them from polluting your house. However, more than just your air quality suffers when your filters are full of debris. 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 routinely keeps your system from using an unwarranted amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters each month. Remember, filters could need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets at your home. Call MPC Heating & Cooling to find out what frequency of filter change is appropriate for your system.

Schedule Regular HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to operate as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During spring, have an HVAC professional 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 cold weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to work exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. MPC Heating & Cooling technicians are qualified to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as stress-free as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or not at home. 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 drastic measures every 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 not at the house.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat automates 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, typically allowing you to monitor the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Consult with MPC Heating & Cooling to see if either of these options would be beneficial for your home.

Review Your Equipment

Out-of-date HVAC equipment can be a burden 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 have, there’s a good chance your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve determined it’s time to look for a replacement system, MPC Heating & Cooling 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 more questions about managing your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system selections, the team at MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron is prepared to guide you. Contact us at 308-832-4321 or schedule an appointment online.

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