How can I better control my home energy costs?

With energy costs going up, there are a few steps you can take to lower the price of heating and cooling your home in Tempe.

Comfort units typically consume more energy than any other appliance in your home. This is seen on your monthly heating and cooling costs, but it’s critical to know heating and cooling costs can be controlled in several ways.

Tune-Ups: One way to control heating and cooling costs is to schedule yearly service. Furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps your heating and cooling pieces of equipment operate as designed and efficiently. Operating dirty heating and cooling units can lead to lost efficiency and damage to your unit.

High efficiency: If you’re wanting to buy for an updated home comfort system, think about investing in a high-efficiency system. They’re made to lower your heating and cooling bills and use less natural resources. When selecting a new HVAC unit, pay close attention to the HVAC energy-efficiency ratings—SEER for air conditioners and AFUE for furnaces. The higher the SEER or AFUE, the better the efficiency and savings.

Zoning: Home zoning can tremendously reduce your heating bills. This portions your house into separate comfort regions, which are heated or cooled based on your needs. With a zoning system, you don’t need to pay to heat or cool infrequently used spaces. And you can get the correct temperature you want in highly occupied areas.

Smart thermostats: Smart thermostats can make a major difference in energy use. These thermostats learn your family’s schedule and adjust energy consumption while you’re away. You can also use your smartphone or other Wi-Fi-enabled device to adjust temperature settings on the go.