Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an indication about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is operating, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a massive, costly project. There are many uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you’re not using them.
The efficiency of your HVAC system can make a huge impact when it comes to saving money on energy. The unforgiving winter and summer months in Elk River mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s working efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.
If your air filters are full of debris, it’s more difficult for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. Not only that, but this additional work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it before you’d have to. Plus, clean filters ensure more comfortable, clean air in your home.
When evaluating the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to take into account its age. In general, newer systems are significantly more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when you find it’s time to make repairs to an older system. The normal lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is close to that age, weigh 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 utility bills.
Here are even more steps to make your home more energy efficient:
- Make sure your home is insulated properly.
- Check 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 Home Comfort Heating & Air in Elk River is happy to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 763-276-0617. We’re always here to help!