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Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can seem like a large, pricey project, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is operating, but means that you’re possibly saving money every year. Basic practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, putting in new 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 Mechanicsville can bring about an increased 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 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 normally. Over time, those systems will fail sooner, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably change the life of your system and provide you with more consistent comfort as well.

So what other simple 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 think about when increasing 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 check out all your options.

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at M & S Heating & Air LLC in Mechanicsville, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or guidance on getting a new system, give us a call at 301-363-4699 and we can help.

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