Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a big, costly 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 possibly saving money every year. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, changing out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a small sample of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all understand that the winter and summer months in Minocqua can bring about an greater dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re running at their most efficient levels? Dirty air filters alone can lessen 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 wear down earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Replacing 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 simple 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 - Make sure 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 commonly 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 view your 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 check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Danco Heating & Cooling in Minocqua, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on buying a new system, give us a shout at 715-356-7000 and we can help.