Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, costly 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 possibly saving money every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new 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 know that the winter and summer months in Richardson can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will fail faster, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably alter the life of your system and offer you 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 consider when increasing 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 selections 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 view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Hammack Service Company in Richardson, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on getting a new system, give us a shout at 972-669-9192 and we can help.