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Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can seem like a big, pricey project, 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 possibly saving money every month. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Wisconsin Rapids can bring about an increased 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 decrease the airflow in your home, resulting in a heating and cooling system that has to compensate by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will fail faster, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier 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 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 improving 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 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 near that age, be sure to look at all your options.

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids, 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 counsel on purchasing a new system, give us a shout at 715-301-0256 and we can put you on the right path.

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