Energy efficiency can seem like a big, pricey 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 year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, swapping out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a few of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Cedar Rapids can bring about an greater 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 normally. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably impact the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other simple tasks can you complete to increase your energy efficiency?
- Seal or add weather-stripping around your exterior doors and windows
- Add extra insulation to your attic
- Ensure 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 usually 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 selections 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 a pain, and with the team at Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids, 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 counsel on purchasing a new system, give us a ring at 319-208-3295 and we can put you on the right path.