Energy efficiency can seem like a large, costly task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re potentially saving money every month. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, changing out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a few of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Cambridge 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 lessen the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to catch up by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will fail faster, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier 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 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 ponder when boosting 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 look at 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 around that age, be sure to view all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Pliescott HVAC Services LLC in Cambridge, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on purchasing a new system, give us a call at 410-228-4822 and we can put you on the right path.