Energy efficiency can seem like a big, expensive 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 potentially saving money every year. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, changing out the 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 Huffman can bring about a heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure 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 compensate by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably alter the life of your system and offer 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
- 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 commonly 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 look at 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 check out all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Air Houston Mechanical LLC in Huffman, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips for maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a shout at (832) 957-9332 and we can help.