Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, costly undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re potentially saving money every month. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, changing out 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 know that the winter and summer months in Plover can bring about an increased 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 compensate by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will fail faster, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably alter the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well. So what other basic 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 consider when improving 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 substantial, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to check out newer choices 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 a pain, and with the team at Point Heating & Cooling in Plover, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on purchasing a new system, give us a shout at 715-345-1979 and we can put you on the right path.