Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, 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 possibly saving money every month. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, putting in new 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 understand that the winter and summer months in Saint Petersburg can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re running 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will fail faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing 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 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
- 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 commonly 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 check out 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 look at all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Saint Petersburg, 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 purchasing a new system, give us a ring at 727-369-6195 and we can put you on the right path.