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 operating, but means that you’re probably saving money all the time. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, swapping 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Columbus can bring about an increased 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 decrease the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to compensate by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will wear down faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically impact the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well. So what other simple 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 consider 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 substantial, 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 around that age, be sure to view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Wolfe & Sons Inc in Columbus, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on buying a new system, give us a call at 614-451-0846 and we can put you on the right path.