Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly project, 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 possibly saving money all the time. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, swapping out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a couple of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all understand that the winter and summer months in East Hanover can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure 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 compensate 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. Swapping 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 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 - Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to ponder when boosting 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 considerable, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to view your 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 near that age, be sure to view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Effective Service Group, LLC in East Hanover, 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 ring at 973-884-0065 and we can put you on the right path.