Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, costly task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re possibly saving money every month. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 know that the winter and summer months in Hudsonville can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re working 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear out sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other common 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 ponder when increasing 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 significant, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to look at 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 near that age, be sure to check out all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services in Hudsonville, 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 guidance on purchasing a new system, give us a call at (616) 669-3961 and we can assist you.