Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive undertaking, 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. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, swapping out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a few of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Stuart can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re working 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 catch up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will wear down sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically alter the life of your system and offer 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

-        Ensure 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 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 around that age, be sure to look at all your options.

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Breathe Healthier Air in Stuart, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on purchasing a new system, give us a call at 772-600-7151 and we can assist you.