Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you a clue about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is working, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a giant, high-priced project. There are several easy ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when needed, 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 harsher winter and summer months in Manassas mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.
If your air filters are dirty, it’s more work for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. Not only that, but this additional work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could mean you have to replace it earlier than 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 consider its age. In general, newer systems are significantly more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when you need to make repairs to an older system. The average lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is close to that age, think through the cost of repair with the cost of a new system, factoring in possible energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your utility bills.
Here are some other 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 no problem, especially when our team at Air-Right Energy Design, Inc. in Manassas is here 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 703-260-1148. We’re eager to help!