Energy efficiency can seem like a large, costly project, 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 probably 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 few of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Heflin can bring about an heightened 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 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 faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically alter the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other simple 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 usually much less efficient than newer systems. Sure, it sounds obvious, but the difference a new system can make is significant, 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 Bain Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Heflin, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on getting a new system, give us a ring at 256-270-1196 and we can put you on the right path.