How Much Does My HVAC Affect My Energy Bill?

Posted by: A-1 Finchum Feb.06.2017

Many factors determine how much heating and air conditioning use affects your energy bill. One thing is certain: It can have a significant impact if you aren't careful. Fortunately, there are several ways to lower the cost of using your HVAC system.

What Variables Affect the Cost of Using My HVAC?

Of all the ways your HVAC can affect your utility bills, one variable you can't control is the climate in the area where you live. As you might imagine, locations with more extreme climates are going to cost more to regulate. However, other variables are within your control.

For example, you can reduce your energy bill by raising or lowering the temperature on your thermostat. Even a few degrees can make a noticeable difference in your bills but might not affect your comfort at all.

The quality and age of your HVAC system can also have a significant impact. If your system is more than seven years old, you might want to upgrade to an Energy Star certified system. Energy Star units are up to 30% more efficient, which means less energy cost to you and less of an impact on the environment.

What Else Can I Do to Reduce the Cost of Using My HVAC system?

There are other steps you can take to improve or maintain an efficient HVAC system:

  • Change the filter often
  • Have a professional tune up yearly
  • Install a programmable thermostat
  • Seal your heating and cooling ducts

Who Do I Contact If I Need Help?

If it's time for your yearly tune-up, or if you need to update your older HVAC system, contact A-1 Finchum’s qualified technicians. We can help ensure your heating and air conditioning system is not costing unnecessary energy and money