Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive 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 every month. Basic 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 McHenry can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re working 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 compensate by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear down sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change 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
- Make sure 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 typically 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 close to that age, be sure to check out all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in McHenry, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on buying a new system, give us a ring at 815-410-1128 and we can put you on the right path.