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 pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re potentially saving money every month. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, 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 know that the winter and summer months in Baltimore can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re running 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 catch up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear down faster, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing 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 - Confirm both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to consider when boosting 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 significant, 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 around that age, be sure to view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore, 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 advice on getting a new system, give us a shout at 410-355-6010 and we can assist you.