Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, pricey task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re probably saving money every month. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, changing out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a small sample of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all know that the winter and summer months in Middletown 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 lessen the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to catch up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will fail faster, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically alter the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well. So what other basic 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 - Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to think about 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 considerable, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to look at newer selections 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 look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Schagrin Gas Company in Middletown, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on buying a new system, give us a shout at 302-658-2000 and we can help.