Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a large, costly task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re potentially saving money every month. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, swapping out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a small sample of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all understand that the winter and summer months in Thedford can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that they’re working 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 usually. Over time, those systems will wear down sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably change the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.

So what other common 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

-        Confirm both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust

Something else to think about when increasing 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 significant, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to view your newer options 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 around that age, be sure to look at all your options.

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Taylor's Heating & Air Conditioning in Thedford, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a call at 519-296-4437 and we can assist you.