Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, expensive task, 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 for work, swapping out 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 Orrville can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure 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 compensate by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear down faster, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically alter the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well. So what other common tasks can you complete to boost 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 ponder when improving your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are commonly 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 look at newer selections 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 check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Daniel's Heating - Cooling & Electric in Orrville, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on buying a new system, give us a ring at 330-821-8432 and we can assist you.