Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a large, pricey project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re potentially saving money every year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, changing out 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Fort Worth can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that they’re working 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 compensate by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear out faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically impact the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well. So what other common 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 - Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to think about 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 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 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 Breeze Air and Heat in Fort Worth, 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 shout at 817-864-1021 and we can assist you.