Originally published Dec. 16, 2019, updated Jan. 31, 2022

In Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, you depend on your heating, and air conditioning systems to keep you comfortable year-round, but your system can also help you reduce your carbon footprint and save energy. Below are five tips for maintaining and using your HVAC system that can help lower your monthly utility bills without compromising your comfort.

Routine Maintenance Matters

Routine maintenance is essential to ensure your air conditioner and furnace will work efficiently. This efficiency will save energy and thus save you money on utility bills. Be sure to change your filter at least once every three months and schedule routine maintenance twice a year with a qualified HVAC service technician.

Take It Down a Notch

Adjusting your indoor temperature by just one or two degrees can make a measurable difference in your bills. You may not notice the difference between 68 degrees and 70 degrees, but it will be evident on your bill.

Know Your Ideal Temperature Range

Many modern HVAC systems are designed to run at a specific optimum temperature range. Check your owner’s manual and speak with your service technician about this. Keeping your system running within an optimal level means it won’t be working as hard, thereby using less energy and saving you money.

Use a Modern, Programmable Thermostat

Upgrade your old thermostat to one that is programmable. A programmable thermostat can allow you to zone your home, heating or cooling rooms only at those times when you’re at home and to set specific temperatures for specific times. This means your furnace or AC is only working when you need it to.

Many modern thermostats allow you to control them via a smartphone app. With these thermostats, you can set home temperatures from anywhere and turn your furnace or AC on or off whenever you need to.

Upgrade Your Whole System

Of course, the best way to keep your HVAC system efficient, stay comfortable all year, and save on utility bills is to upgrade the entire system. A new system will always be more energy efficient than an old one that is at least 10 years old.

If you’d like to upgrade your HVAC system or schedule routine maintenance, call Valley Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. today.

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