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Ways You Could Be Wasting Electricity in Your Home

Summer can be particularly challenging in terms of utility bills, especially when hot weather requires extensive use of your cooling system. Home comfort represents approximately half of the typical household’s energy budget. It is worth examining various ways you could be wasting electricity so that you can reduce costs and start saving in your Hilton Head, South Carolina, home. The following are some common areas of interest if you want to focus on better energy conservation results in your home.

Thermostat Programming

By installing and correctly using a programmable thermostat, you can dramatically reduce the waste of electricity in your home. A programmable control allows you to pre-select temperatures based on your schedule, preferences, and to observe energy conservation guidelines. Following recommendations from the US Department of Energy, enables you to be more consistent and responsible in the use of your HVAC system. Correct programming helps you to minimize electricity consumption related to your system’s activity.

Air Filter Management

A dirty air filter can reduce the flow of air in your home, which can also cause stress on components of your HVAC system such as the AC compressor. A clean filter can make a huge difference in comfort levels and in energy conservation. A dirty filter can cause your energy demands to rise by five percent or more. A clogged filter leads to high bills through the cooling season. To save energy, check your filter once each month, and replace dirty filters as quickly as possible.

System Maintenance

Normal activity can cause your HVAC system to lose efficiency. An inefficient unit subtly adds dollars to your energy bill as issues such as low levels of refrigerant or dirty coils remain undetected. An annual inspection and tuneup can provide you with the assurance that your equipment is operating optimally. Your technician will be able to detect and repair any issue that could be impacting energy consumption.

At Farmer’s Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend two tune-ups per year to ensure that you are ready for both summer and winter comfort needs. You can read more about our maintenance options online, or you can call our office to schedule an appointment at your convenience.