According to the US government, heating and cooling costs account for 48% of all energy usage in the typical American home. In Pennsylvania, energy usage exceeds the national average by 8%. The increased usage, of course, translates to extra costs. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania residents “also spend 16% more than the average U.S. households for energy consumed in their homes.”
G&G Indoor Air Services cleans home and commercial HVAC systems in Bucks County and the Philadelphia region. Most of our clients anticipate high energy bills—especially during the cold winters. But some clients, especially new homeowners (and those transplanted from warmer parts of the country) balk at energy bills.
We receive many calls from anxious homeowners hoping to reduce energy costs. To these anxious homeowners, we have a simple message: You have called the right place.
If your energy costs seem out of line with your energy usage, a few simple preventative measures can help you increase HVAC efficiency and lower costs.
Change Your Air Filter
Most HVAC experts suggest cleaning your air filter every three months. However, if you live in a polluted urban area, like Philadelphia, you may need to change your filter more often. Living in the Philadelphia region, too, may mean you use your HVAC system more often than homeowners elsewhere. If your energy costs do seem excessive, your filter may be to blame. As Angie Hicks, of Angie’s List, notes, “The U.S. Department of Energy says that replacing a dirty filter with a clean one can lower your air conditioner’s energy consumption by 5 to 10 percent.”
Clean Your Air Ducts
When you use your HVAC system air travels through your ductwork; cleaning your ducts of excessive dust and debris assures an efficient system, which should translate to lower costs over time. To learn more about how G&G Indoor Air Services can help you reduce your energy costs, call our Bucks County office today.