Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re probably saving money every year. Standard 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Zelienople can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re operating at their most efficient levels? Dirty air filters alone can lower 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 quicker than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change the life of your system and offer 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 - Ensure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to consider when boosting 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 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 around that age, be sure to view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Knoechel Heating Company in Zelienople, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on getting a new system, give us a call at 724-452-6280 and we can help.