Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, pricey undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re probably saving money all the time. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, swapping 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 Pacheco can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re operating 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 wear out sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably alter the life of your system and offer you 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 - Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to consider 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 significant, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to look at 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 near that age, be sure to look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Clean Air HVAC in Pacheco, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on purchasing a new system, give us a call at 925-689-7017 and we can help.