Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re possibly saving money every month. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, changing out 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 Newark can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re running 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 compensate by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier 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 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
- Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust
Something else to ponder 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 close to that age, be sure to look at all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Luikart Heating & Cooling in Newark, 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 purchasing a new system, give us a shout at 740-200-5591 and we can assist you.