Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only equates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re potentially saving money all the time. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 Hattiesburg 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 usually. Over time, those systems will fail sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably impact the life of your system and give you 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 - Ensure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to ponder when boosting 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 significant, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to view your 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 close to that age, be sure to view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning in Hattiesburg, 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 counsel on getting a new system, give us a shout at 601-268-3486 and we can assist you.