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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 pertains to how your home’s heating and cooling system is working, but means that you’re possibly saving money all the time. Simple practices such as turning off lights when you leave your house, changing out 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 realize that the winter and summer months in Tucson can bring about an greater 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 lower 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 fail earlier, resulting in the need for a replacement quicker than you’d like. Changing or cleaning your air filters monthly may drastically change the life of your system and offer you more consistent comfort as well.

So what other basic 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 consider when boosting 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 significant, so before you decide whether or not to make repairs to your current system, be sure to view your 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 around that age, be sure to view all your options.

Energy efficiency doesn’t have to be stressful, and with the team at Ambient Air in Tucson, you can be sure that you’re in the right hands. Whether it’s more simple tips to maintaining your heating and cooling system or advice on purchasing a new system, give us a ring at 520-201-3871 and we can assist you.

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