Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly undertaking, 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 all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, swapping out 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Long Beach can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re operating 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 normally. Over time, those systems will wear out sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well.
So what other basic tasks can you complete to improve 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 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 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 around that age, be sure to view all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at YES R&M Inc. in Long Beach, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on purchasing a new system, give us a call at 562-286-6624 and we can help.