Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, expensive project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re possibly saving money every year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new 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 Bountiful can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear out sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically change the life of your system and offer you 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 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 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 near that age, be sure to look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Craig's Appliance Heating & Cooling in Bountiful, 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 counsel on purchasing a new system, give us a ring at 801-295-3357 and we can assist you.