Energy efficiency can seem like a big, expensive project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re potentially saving money every month. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 Front Royal can bring about an greater 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 decrease the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to catch up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear down sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically impact the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well.
So what other basic 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 think about when improving your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are usually 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 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 stressful, and with the team at Dave's Diversified Services in Front Royal, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on getting a new system, give us a ring at 540-369-3971 and we can assist you.