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3 Ways to Avoid a Scary Energy Bill
11 Oct
By: Climate Control

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How can you boost energy efficiency without making a major investment? Here are three ways.

Improving energy efficiency is a goal for many homeowners, but few take the steps necessary to get the job done right. In fact, quite a few go through major renovations while missing out on obvious ways they could lower their energy use without breaking the bank. Still other homeowners just think they really can’t afford to do anything at all.

The good news is there are steps you can take to get your energy costs under control without spending a lot of money. Let’s take a look at three ways now:

1. Upgrade Your HVAC Filter

As the air in your home circulates through your ducts, it eventually passes through the air filter. Most homeowners buy the bargain HVAC filters with a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) rating of 4. Basic models remove only the largest particles. Smaller bits of debris stay in the air or get clogged in your system. As more dirt builds up, it gets harder for your unit to operate, resulting in more energy use and higher bills.

Changing your filter often will prevent many airflow problems, but upgrading to a filter with a MERV rating of 8 to 10 will protect your system long-term. Only homeowners with specific health problems or businesses with major air quality concerns need to purchase filters with MERV ratings of 13 and above.

2. Use Humidity to Feel Warmer

In the outdoors, humid air makes you feel warmer at the same temperature than you do when less moisture is in the air. Boost your HVAC system’s heating and cooling power using the same principles indoors. Products like the Healthy Climate® humidifiers and dehumidifiers from Lennox make it easy to keep indoor humidity optimal.

3. Perform Regular Maintenance

The most efficient furnaces and air conditioners are those that receive regular check-ups and expert maintenance. The Climate Control Maintenance Plus Program makes it easy to keep your HVAC running optimally year-round. With savings on preventive care and repairs, enrolling is one of the most affordable ways to lower your energy usage long-term.

Contact our team of friendly professionals at Climate Control now to learn more about improving energy efficiency and how to lower your bills without sacrificing comfort.

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