Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, costly undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re possibly saving money every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, changing out 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 Racine can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that they’re working at their most efficient levels?
Dirty air filters alone can lessen the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to play catch-up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically change the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other common tasks can you complete to improve your energy efficiency?
- Seal or add weather-stripping around your exterior doors and windows
- Add extra insulation to your attic
- Ensure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust
Something else to think about when increasing your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are commonly much less efficient than newer systems. Sure, it sounds obvious, but the difference a new system can make is considerable, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to view your newer choices 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 stressful, and with the team at Keystone Heating & Air Conditioning Co., Inc in Racine, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a call at 262-358-9468 and we can help.