Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive 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 every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Wyandotte can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re running 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear down faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably impact the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well.

So what other basic 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 consider 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 significant, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to check out 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 stressful, and with the team at Gee & Missler Heating & Air Conditioning in Wyandotte, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on purchasing a new system, give us a ring at 734-363-8907 and we can put you on the right path.