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Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can seem like a big, pricey project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re probably saving money every month. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, changing out furnace and air filters, and programming your thermostat are a couple of the easiest, most impactful ways to make your home more efficient. We all realize that the winter and summer months in Greater Richmond 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 lessen 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 out sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement earlier than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably 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

-        Make sure both your laundry and kitchen appliances are clean and free of lint and dust

Something else to ponder when improving 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 look at 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 Herman Allen Plumbing, Heating & Cooling in Greater Richmond, 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 guidance on buying a new system, give us a ring at 804-302-6657 and we can put you on the right path.

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