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 relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re probably 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 few of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all understand that the winter and summer months in the Main Line can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re working 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 usually. Over time, those systems will fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically impact the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well. So what other common tasks can you complete to boost 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 improving your energy efficiency is the age of your system. Older systems are commonly 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 a pain, and with the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on purchasing a new system, give us a call at 610-626-2540 and we can help.