Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a big, expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re probably saving money every year. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Rocky Mount can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure 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 usually. Over time, those systems will wear down earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically alter 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 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 substantial, 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 difficult, and with the team at Davis Heating & Air Conditioning in Rocky Mount, 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 buying a new system, give us a shout at 540-369-3790 and we can put you on the right path.