Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re possibly saving money all the time. Simple 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 Abilene can bring about an heightened 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 catch up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear out faster, 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 give you more consistent comfort as well.
So what other basic 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
- Ensure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust
Something else to ponder when boosting 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 substantial, 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 difficult, and with the team at Abilene Air-Tech Inc in Abilene, 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 advice on purchasing a new system, give us a shout at 325-200-4667 and we can assist you.