Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014Energy efficiency can seem like a huge, pricey task, but it doesn’t have to be. Energy efficiency not only relates to how your home’s heating and cooling system is running, but means that you’re possibly saving money every month. Standard practices such as turning off lights when you leave for work, swapping 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 understand that the winter and summer months in Beaverton can bring about an increased dependency on both heating and cooling systems, so why not make certain that 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 compensate by running harder than it would typically. Over time, those systems will wear down earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement sooner than you’d like. Replacing or cleaning your air filters monthly may considerably alter the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well. So what other basic tasks can you complete to improve 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 think about when improving 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 look at newer options 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 look at all your options. Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be difficult, and with the team at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton, you can feel good that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more basic tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on buying a new system, give us a shout at 503-848-3838 and we can help.