Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, costly undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re probably saving money all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, swapping 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 Wisconsin Rapids 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 catch up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically change the life of your system and offer you 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 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 Rapids Sheet Metal Works Inc in Wisconsin Rapids, 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 purchasing a new system, give us a call at 715-301-0256 and we can help.