Energy efficiency can seem like a big, pricey task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re probably saving money all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, changing out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a few of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all realize that the winter and summer months in Branchville can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re operating 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 typically. Over time, those systems will wear down earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change the life of your system and give you 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
- Confirm both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust
Something else to ponder when improving 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 look at 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 near that age, be sure to look at all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc. in Branchville, you can feel good 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 ring at 862-345-6896 and we can put you on the right path.