Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, expensive task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re probably saving money every month. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Tucson can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re running at their most efficient levels?
Dirty air filters alone can decrease 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 sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically 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
- Confirm 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 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 choices 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 A&M Heating & Cooling LLC in Tucson, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on getting a new system, give us a call at 520-200-1048 and we can put you on the right path.