Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, pricey task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re potentially saving money every year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 understand that the winter and summer months in Ellsworth can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that 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 catch up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically impact 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 improving your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are usually 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 options 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 a pain, and with the team at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC in Ellsworth, 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 counsel on buying a new system, give us a shout at 715-318-6728 and we can put you on the right path.