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 running, but means that you’re probably saving money all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, swapping out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a couple of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Anchorage can bring about an increased 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 catch up by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear down faster, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically change 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
- Ensure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust
Something else to consider 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 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 near that age, be sure to view all your options.
Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Discount Mechanical Heating & Plumbing Services in Anchorage, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on getting a new system, give us a call at 907-202-9798 and we can help.