Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, pricey task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re probably saving money every year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, swapping 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 understand that the winter and summer months in Sacramento can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will fail sooner, 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 give 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
- 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 typically much less efficient than newer systems. Sure, it sounds obvious, but the difference a new system can make is significant, 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 American HVAC Inc in Sacramento, 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 advice on buying a new system, give us a call at 916-243-6714 and we can assist you.