Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a big, pricey project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re potentially saving money every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, putting in new 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 understand that the winter and summer months in Shelby 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 out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker 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 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 increasing your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are commonly 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 Hopper Heating and Air in Shelby, 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 counsel on getting a new system, give us a call at 704-233-7363 and we can help.