Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, expensive 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 potentially saving money every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Augusta can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that they’re running 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 fail sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically alter the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well. So what other simple 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 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 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 close to that age, be sure to check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Sig Cox Heating and Air Conditioning in Augusta, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on getting a new system, give us a ring at 706-722-5304 and we can help.