Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains 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 for work, putting in new 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 Moline can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will wear down sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically impact the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well. So what other common tasks can you complete to improve 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 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 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 J.L. Brady Company LLC in Moline, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on purchasing a new system, give us a ring at 309-517-7511 and we can assist you.