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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

Throughout the coldest and hottest days in Keokuk, your heating and cooling system is an essential ally in keeping your home comfortable. However, 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 account for nearly half of the energy you use.

That large draw of energy makes your HVAC unit an ideal place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to decrease your carbon footprint or want to lower your energy bill, there are many ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system consumes energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are vital to keeping up your home’s air quality. They help collect 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 decrease 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 each month. Remember, filters might need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is by dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Reach out to WM J Kraus & Son to find out what frequency of filter change is right for your system.

Schedule Timely HVAC Service

If you expect your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. 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 to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance makes sure your equipment is ready to operate exactly as it was supposed to—with peak efficiency. WM J Kraus & Son technicians are trained to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Lowering that utility bill 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 extreme measures each day. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or raising (depending on the season) your temperature by easily 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 select 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 WM J Kraus & Son to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Review Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer operating efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, there’s a good chance your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve decided it’s time to look for a replacement system, WM J Kraus & Son can give give you a hand. We’ll help you understand different efficiency ratings and choose a system that will work for your needs.

If you have more questions about watching your energy costs, need to schedule maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk is ready to guide you. Contact us at 319-229-2318 or schedule an appointment online.

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