Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, pricey undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re possibly saving money every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, changing 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 Lodi can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re running 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 compensate by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear down sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically change the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well.

So what other common 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 boosting 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 substantial, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to look at 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 look at all your options.

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a ring at 209-257-3156 and we can help.