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Your HVAC system is critical in keeping your Chicago, Illinois, home comfortable. You want the equipment to maintain a high level of performance year-round, and doing so is bound to incur some expenses. However, you do have some control over how efficiently your system operates. Here are a few ways to keep the costs associated with your heating and air conditioning system at a minimum.

Get a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat, which is also called a smart thermostat, lets you establish a regular run schedule for your HVAC system that matches your family’s routine. When everyone is away, you can let the house get warmer or colder than you would if you were home. Shortly before you return, you can have the system come on so you have a pleasant environment when you arrive. The programmable thermostats themselves are relatively inexpensive, and they save significant wear and tear on your unit. You get your return on your investment in the savings you see on your utility bills.

Replace Your HVAC Filters

The fan in your HVAC system pulls the air in your home through filters to remove impurities such as dirt, dust, and pet hair. The clean air recirculates back into your rooms. While this can dramatically improve the indoor air quality (IAQ) in your home, those particles clog up the filter over time. When the filter is blocked, and air can’t flow freely through the system, your unit must work harder and loses efficiency. Regularly cleaning and replacing filters keeps your HVAC operating at peak performance.

While these are small things you can do yourself, to truly maximize the efficiency of your home’s HVAC system, call in a professional to do a thorough evaluation of your home. Ireland Heating & Air Conditioning Co. can examine your house and recommend options for getting the most out of your unit. Call us at 847-388-0108 to schedule your appointment in the Chicago, Illinois, area today.

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