Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a large, expensive project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates 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 for work, changing 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 know that the winter and summer months in Lexington 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 decrease the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to catch up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well. So what other common 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 - Ensure 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 substantial, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to check out 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 view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on buying a new system, give us a shout at 336-853-6070 and we can put you on the right path.