Energy efficiency can seem like a big, pricey project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re possibly saving money every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new 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 Mechanicsville can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re working 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 compensate by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will fail sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably alter the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well.
So what other common 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
- Confirm 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 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 close to that age, be sure to check out all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at M & S Heating & Air LLC in Mechanicsville, 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 guidance on getting a new system, give us a ring at 301-363-4699 and we can assist you.