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 pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re probably saving money every month. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, changing 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 Topeka can bring about an greater 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 compensate by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will wear out sooner, 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 provide you with more consistent comfort as well. So what other common 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 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 check out 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 look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. in Topeka, 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 shout at 785-357-6200 and we can put you on the right path.