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 equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, 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 few of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all understand that the winter and summer months in Mobile can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure 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 catch up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically impact the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well. So what other basic 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 - Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to ponder 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 substantial, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to view your 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 look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc in Mobile, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on getting a new system, give us a shout at 251-471-2674 and we can help.