Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a large, costly 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 probably saving money all the time. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Crystal Lake can bring about an heightened dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make sure they’re working 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 usually. Over time, those systems will fail sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably change the life of your system and give you more consistent comfort as well. So what other common tasks can you complete to increase your energy efficiency? - Seal or add weather-stripping around your exterior doors and windows - Add extra insulation to your attic - Confirm both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust Something else to ponder when increasing 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 substantial, 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 around that age, be sure to look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Campbell's Tempracure in Crystal Lake, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or counsel on getting a new system, give us a shout at 815-788-6283 and we can assist you.