Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, expensive project, 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 every year. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new 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 Chadron can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not ensure they’re working 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 play catch-up by running harder than it would usually. Over time, those systems will wear down faster, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably impact the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well. So what other common tasks can you complete to boost 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 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 selections 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 view all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more common tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on getting a new system, give us a shout at 308-432-5301 and we can assist you.