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 working, but means that you’re probably saving money all the time. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, changing 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 understand that the winter and summer months in Newton 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 compensate by running harder than it would typically. 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 alter 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 think about 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 substantial, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to check out newer selections 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 look at all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Brookwood Inc in Newton, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on getting a new system, give us a shout at 641-316-9803 and we can put you on the right path.