Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, expensive task, 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 potentially saving money every year. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave a room, 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 Orange County 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 lessen 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 wear down sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Swapping or cleaning your air filters monthly may dramatically alter the life of your system and provide you with 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 consider when boosting 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 substantial, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to check out 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 check out all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a pain, and with the team at Ocean Air Conditioning in Orange County, you can rest assured that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on getting a new system, give us a call at 949-525-9119 and we can assist you.