Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly 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 potentially saving money all the time. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, changing 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 understand that the winter and summer months in Franklin Lakes can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that 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 catch up by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear down faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically impact the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.
So what other simple 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
- Confirm 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 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 view your 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 close to that age, be sure to look at all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Total Comfort in Franklin Lakes, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on getting a new system, give us a call at 201-268-5663 and we can help.