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Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

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 possibly saving money all the time. Simple 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 Hattiesburg can bring about an increased 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would normally. Over time, those systems will fail sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically impact the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well.

So what other common 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 advice on getting a new system, give us a shout at 601-292-9763 and we can help.

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