Energy efficiency can seem like a big, expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re probably saving money all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 understand that the winter and summer months in Rockford 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 decrease the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to catch up by running harder than it would normally. 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 dramatically change the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well.
So what other common tasks can you complete to increase 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 consider when boosting your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are usually 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 check out 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 near that age, be sure to view all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc in Rockford, 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 advice on purchasing a new system, give us a shout at (815)914-6197 and we can help.