Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re probably saving money all the time. Standard 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Delray Beach can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re running 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably impact the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other basic 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
- Confirm both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust
Something else to ponder when increasing 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 view your 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 view all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Kilbourne Heating & AC in Delray Beach, you can rest assured 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 shout at 561-287-7071 and we can help.