Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, costly project, 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 all the time. Simple 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 know that the winter and summer months in Kearney can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that 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 normally. Over time, those systems will wear down sooner, 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 provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other common tasks can you complete to increase 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 consider 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 near that age, be sure to view all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning in Kearney, 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 advice on getting a new system, give us a ring at 308-624-3485 and we can help.