Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a large, 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 all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, putting in new 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 Madera can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re operating 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 catch up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically alter the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well. So what other basic 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 boosting 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 considerable, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to check out 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 around that age, be sure to view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on getting a new system, give us a ring at 559-675-1681 and we can help.