Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, pricey undertaking, 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 possibly saving money every year. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new 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 Tuscaloosa can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re working 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 typically. Over time, those systems will wear out earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well. So what other simple 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 - 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 usually 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 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 check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at KDM Service Corporation in Tuscaloosa, 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 buying a new system, give us a ring at 205-758-2703 and we can help.