Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, pricey 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 possibly saving money all the time. Simple 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 Columbia can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re working 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 typically. Over time, those systems will wear out faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically alter the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well. So what other basic 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 - Ensure 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 view your 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 around that age, be sure to check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Watts Electric & A/C Inc in Columbia, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on getting a new system, give us a shout at 601-736-7362 and we can assist you.