Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains 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 for work, 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 Omaha can bring about an increased 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 lessen the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to catch up by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear out sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically change the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well.
So what other simple tasks can you complete to boost your energy efficiency?
- Seal or add weather-stripping around your exterior doors and windows
- Add extra insulation to your attic
- Make sure 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 typically 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 view your 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 difficult, and with the team at Interstate Heating & Air Conditioning in Omaha, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a shout at 402-509-5940 and we can put you on the right path.