What Can I Do to Lower My Energy Bills in Lake Forest?
A great place to start saving money is right inside your home. The Department of Energy estimates the price of heating and cooling your home to make up 48% of your utility bill. You’ll be glad to hear that saving money on your energy bills doesn’t require a lot of time or money. The initial step on your money saving journey is scheduling your annual furnace service. The team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest has put together a few tips that will assist you in keeping down the cost of heating and cooling your home.
Program Your Programmable Thermostat
Technology is progressing faster than ever and the technology within your thermostat is no exception. Our iComfort S30 employs the GPS from your smartphone and detects when you have left and adjusts itself to save energy while you are away which can potentially save money. It can not only detect when you’ve left, it also detects when you will return and learns your routine and adjusts itself accordingly.
The Department of Energy has conducted studies and concluded that having a well programmed, or smart thermostat, can save you on cooling costs. While still maintaining your comfort, set the thermostat as low as you can during the winter months and as high as you can during the summer. It’s easier for your body to make those adjustments if you change the temperature a degree a day. We offer several different thermostat options and we can help you choose the one that will work best with your schedule.
If you have an ever-changing schedule, you’ll want to go with the 7-day model. These thermostats allow you to set different temperature periods on the weekends and keep a regular schedule on weekdays.
Selecting and Maintaining Your System
If you feel you’re nearing the time where your system will need to be replaced, research your options so you’re able to make an informed decision when that day arrives. Some things you’ll want to look into are the SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of air conditioners and the AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) of furnaces. The higher the rating, the greater the chance to save money.
Whether you’re ready for a new system or just hoping to maximize the efficiency of your existing system, the team at 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Lake Forest can help you out every step of the way. If you need to schedule service or have any questions give us a call at 949-204-0859.