Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re potentially saving money every year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a small sample of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Alliance can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re working at their most efficient levels?
Dirty air filters alone can lower the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to compensate by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well.
So what other simple tasks can you complete to boost your energy efficiency?
- Seal or add weather-stripping around your exterior doors and windows
- Add extra insulation to your attic
- Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust
Something else to consider when improving your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are typically much less efficient than newer systems. Sure, it sounds obvious, but the difference a new system can make is significant, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to view your newer options as well. The rule of thumb for the lifetime of heating and cooling systems is between 12 and 15 years, so if your system is close to that age, be sure to view all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Jack's Heating, Cooling, Stoves & Fireplaces in Alliance, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on purchasing a new system, give us a shout at 308-321-4703 and we can help.