Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, pricey project, 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 probably saving money every year. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, swapping 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 York can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that they’re working at their most efficient levels? Dirty air filters alone can decrease 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 faster, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically impact the life of your system and provide you with 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 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 substantial, 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 close to that age, be sure to check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Strine's Heating & A/C Inc in York, you can feel good 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 shout at 717-755-4127 and we can help.