Tips for Improving HVAC Efficiency in Older Homes

As the fall season approaches and the temperatures in central Illinois begin to drop, homeowners with older houses may start to feel the chill. At Kelso Heating and Cooling, we understand the unique challenges that come with maintaining comfort and efficiency in an older home. In this blog post, we’ll share some helpful tips for improving the efficiency of your HVAC system and keeping your home cozy all winter long.

  1. Seal drafts and insulate your home

Older homes are notorious for drafts and poor insulation. Start by inspecting your doors and windows for gaps and seal them using weatherstripping or caulking. Insulating your home, particularly your attic and walls, can make a significant difference in your heating costs and overall comfort.

  1. Upgrade to a programmable or smart thermostat

If you’re still using a manual thermostat, consider upgrading to a programmable or smart thermostat. These devices allow you to set a heating schedule that matches your daily routine, reducing energy waste and lowering your heating bills. A smart thermostat even learns your preferences over time and adjusts automatically to keep your home comfortable and efficient.

  1. Maintain your HVAC system

Regular maintenance is crucial for any HVAC system, but it’s especially important for older units. Schedule annual tune-ups with a professional HVAC technician to ensure your system is running at peak efficiency. Additionally, remember to replace your air filters every 1-3 months to improve airflow and prevent strain on your system.

  1. Consider upgrading to a high-efficiency furnace

Older furnaces may be less efficient than newer models, leading to higher energy bills and increased wear on the system. If your furnace is more than 15 years old, consider upgrading to a high-efficiency model. The initial investment may be significant, but the long-term energy savings can be substantial.

  1. Inspect and clean your ducts

Older homes may have outdated or poorly maintained ductwork that can leak conditioned air and reduce your HVAC system’s efficiency. Have your ducts inspected and cleaned by a professional to ensure they’re in good shape and properly sealed.

  1. Install a zoning system

A zoning system allows you to control the temperature in different areas of your home independently, which can be particularly beneficial in older homes with inconsistent heating. This will enable you to direct more heat to colder rooms while using less energy overall.

  1. Add a humidifier

During the winter months, the air in your home can become very dry, making it feel colder than it actually is. Adding a humidifier to your HVAC system can help maintain a comfortable humidity level and improve overall comfort.

Improving the efficiency of your HVAC system in an older home may seem challenging, but with these tips and the help of the expert team at Kelso Heating and Cooling, you can enjoy a warm, comfortable living space this winter. Contact us today to schedule a consultation or for assistance with any of your HVAC needs.