Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a large, pricey project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re potentially saving money every year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new 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 Albuquerque can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re operating 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 earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably change the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well. So what other basic 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 increasing 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 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 near that age, be sure to look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Desert Suns Heating & Cooling in Albuquerque, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on purchasing a new system, give us a call at 505-994-9176 and we can put you on the right path.