Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an idea about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is working, but it gives you a way to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive project. There are multiple uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when they’re not in use.
The efficiency of your HVAC system can make a huge impact when it comes to saving money on energy. The harsher winter and summer months in Plainfield mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.
If your air filters are dusty, it’s more difficult for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to, and your energy efficiency plummets. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could mean you have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you more comfortable, clean air in your home.
When you’re thinking about the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to bear in mind its age. In general, newer systems are considerably more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when it comes time to make repairs to an older system. The average lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is getting up there, think through the cost of repair with the cost of a new system, factoring in any energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your monthly bills.
Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient:
- Make sure your home is insulated adequately.
- Look for air leaks around your doors and windows and seal them and/or add weatherstripping.
- Keep your kitchen and laundry appliances clean, especially where they have ventilation.
Making your home more energy efficient can be simple, especially when our team at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield is happy to help. Regardless if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 815-410-1231. We’re eager to help!