Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re possibly saving money every year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, 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 Marshalltown can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure 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 catch up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear down faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically 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
- 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 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 around that age, be sure to view all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Kapaun & Brown Inc. in Marshalltown, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on getting a new system, give us a shout at 641-812-2028 and we can assist you.