Energy efficiency can seem like a large, pricey undertaking, 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 possibly saving money all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, swapping 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 know that the winter and summer months in Albuquerque can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re running 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 catch up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically alter the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well.
So what other simple tasks can you complete to boost 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 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 substantial, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to check out newer selections 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 look at all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at I-Deal HVAC in Albuquerque, you can rest assured 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 ring at 505-445-1250 and we can help.