Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly task, 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 potentially saving money every month. Simple 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Moline can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner 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 simple 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 - Confirm both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to think about when improving 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 considerable, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to check out 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 around that age, be sure to look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Freed Heating & Air Conditioning in Moline, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on getting a new system, give us a call at 309-762-3641 and we can put you on the right path.