Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re potentially saving money all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, 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 Utica can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re running 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 normally. Over time, those systems will wear down earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically alter the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well. So what other common tasks can you complete to increase your energy efficiency? - Seal or add weather-stripping around your exterior doors and windows - Add extra insulation to your attic - Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to think about 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 substantial, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to view your 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 close to that age, be sure to view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on purchasing a new system, give us a call at 586-731-0950 and we can help.