Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy 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 running, but means that you’re probably saving money every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, changing 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 Dallas can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re running at their most efficient levels? Dirty air filters alone can lessen the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to compensate by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will fail sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically impact the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well. So what other simple 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 - Ensure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to think about when boosting your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are usually 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 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 close to that age, be sure to check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Tri County Air Care LLC in Dallas, 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 counsel on buying a new system, give us a shout at 469-617-3437 and we can put you on the right path.