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Efficient heating and cooling systems help homeowners keep energy costs down and comfort levels up. According to the Department of Energy, your HVAC equipment is responsible for almost half of your annual energy bill. If you’re spending that much on your indoor air, making sure your equipment operates properly makes sense. We’ve put together a quick five-step guide to help you manage the efficiency of your system.

1. Change the Filter Regularly

An efficient cooling and heating system should have a clean air filter. If your filter is clogged with dirt and dust, your equipment will have to work harder and use more energy. It also makes comfortable air temperatures less likely. Equipment manufacturers offer product guidelines that will outline filter use and replacement. While it’s important to follow these guidelines, your environment may require you to change the filter more often.

To figure out how often to change the filter, start with the maker’s recommendations. If you have pets or smoke inside your home, you’ll want to replace the filter more often. If you’re a single- or two-person household, you may be able to extend your schedule an extra month. Buying filters in bulk can keep costs down.

2. Use a Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats take the guesswork out of operating your HVAC system. Programming allows you to increase or decrease indoor temperatures according to efficiency standards. Most current models will support operating your equipment using an app. This means you don’t have to be home to make adjustments to the thermostat. To keep energy costs down, set the temperature higher in the summer and lower in the winter.

Cardwell HVAC Heating & Air Conditioning offers complete HVAC installation services in Cherry Hill. Our skilled technicians can work with you to upgrade your existing equipment. Let us help you get the most value from your indoor comfort system.

3. Schedule Seasonal Maintenance

Homeowners often forget to maintain their HVAC units. When you skip maintenance appointments, it can end up costing you more in energy consumption and repairs. A skilled technician can return your equipment to optimal conditions and get it ready to meet seasonal demands. They’ll clean away the dirt and gunk that naturally accumulates in your system. You can also expect them to recalibrate components, so everything works in unison. As a bonus, many technicians run tests to ensure your HVAC system is safe to use.

Getting the most value from a maintenance visit will require a bit of research. Look for an EPA-certified technician who knows how to handle refrigerants properly. It’s also important to work with a company that supports the continual training of its technicians. Always ask what’s included in the service before making your appointment. Most companies will provide you with an inspection and tune-up task list.

4. Keep Vents and Ductwork Clean

Think of your ductwork and vents as the lungs of your indoor air system. They allow air to move in and out of your rooms. Keeping them clean is important for your health, but also your finances. Ductwork and vents can get clogged and block air from being delivered properly into your home. Dirty ductwork can slow your system down and lower efficiency. Clean ductwork and vents can also help enhance the quality of the air you’re breathing within your home.

Request this service separately from your maintenance visit. Doing so will give you a way to more easily monitor your energy bill for improvements.

5. Upgrade to Energy Star Products

Energy Star products can save you money in several ways. They are priced to keep costs down, and they’re verified as energy efficient. Many types of heating and cooling equipment are Energy Star certified, and some of these products include substantial rebates. When it’s time to upgrade your current system, choosing an Energy Star product can ensure efficient operation. Look for the Energy Star label when shopping or ask your installer to supply you with a list of qualifying products.

Cardwell HVAC Heating & Air Conditioning has a great reputation for delivering professional heating and cooling services in Cherry Hill. We’re fully licensed and insured to work on residential and commercial properties. We offer installations, repairs and maintenance services for AC units, furnaces and HVAC equipment. You can also rely on us for a new water heater install. Call us today to schedule an appointment.