How can I better control my home energy costs?

With energy expenses climbing, there are a few steps you can take to lower the cost of heating and cooling your home in Kansas City.

HVAC systems usually use more energy than any other appliance in your home. This is seen on your monthly energy expenses, but it’s important to realize energy costs can be controlled in a couple ways.

Maintenance: One method to control heating and cooling prices is to schedule seasonal service. Furnace maintenance and AC maintenance helps your heating and cooling units operate properly and efficiently. Using dusty comfort equipment can lead to lower efficiency and damage to your unit.

High efficiency: If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, consider investing in a high-efficiency system. They’re made to lower your energy costs and save natural resources. When choosing a new HVAC system, look for the HVAC energy-efficiency ratings—SEER for air conditioners and AFUE for furnaces. The higher the SEER or AFUE, the greater the efficiency and savings.

Zoning: Home zoning can tremendously lower your heating costs. This divides your house into individual comfort regions, which are heated or cooled based on your settings. With a zoning system, you no longer pay to heat or cool infrequently used spaces. And you can have the precise temperature you need in highly occupied areas.

Smart thermostats: Smart thermostats can make a sizeable difference in energy needs. These thermostats learn your family’s routine and decrease energy use while you’re not at home. You can also use your smartphone or other Wi-Fi-enabled device to change temperature settings when you’re out and about.