Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, costly undertaking, 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 possibly saving money every month. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, swapping out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a couple of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Lexington 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 decrease the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to compensate by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will wear down earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably change the life of your system and give 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 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 substantial, 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 around that age, be sure to check out all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a ring at 336-853-6070 and we can assist you.