Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly project, 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. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, changing 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 know that the winter and summer months in Lincoln can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that they’re operating at their most efficient levels?
Dirty air filters alone can lower 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 fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically impact the life of your system and give 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 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 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 difficult, and with the team at AW Heating & Air Conditioning in Lincoln, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on getting a new system, give us a ring at 402-438-7992 and we can put you on the right path.