Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, expensive undertaking, 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 possibly saving money every month. 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 Savage can bring about an greater 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 lower the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to play catch-up 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. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically impact the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other basic 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 improving 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 look at 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 around that age, be sure to look at all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning in Savage, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a call at 952-373-0377 and we can assist you.