Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a big, expensive project, 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 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 small sample of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all realize that the winter and summer months in McMurray 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 lower the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to catch up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably alter the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.

So what other common tasks can you complete to boost 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 ponder 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 considerable, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to look at 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 close to that age, be sure to view all your options.

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing in McMurray, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on purchasing a new system, give us a call at 724-370-0141 and we can assist you.