Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy 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 running, but means that you’re potentially saving money every month. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, putting in new 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Alice 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 lessen 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 earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically change the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well.

So what other simple tasks can you complete to increase 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 improving 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 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 close to that age, be sure to look at all your options.

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Rescue Heating & Air in Alice, 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 advice on getting a new system, give us a ring at 361-265-4371 and we can help.