Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a large, costly undertaking, 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 all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a small sample of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all understand that the winter and summer months in Port Saint Lucie can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that they’re working at their most efficient levels? Dirty air filters alone can lower 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 wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing 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 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 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 look at 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 around that age, be sure to check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Custom Air Systems Inc in Port Saint Lucie, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on purchasing a new system, give us a shout at 772-335-3232 and we can put you on the right path.