Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an idea about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is running, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, high-priced project. There are many simple ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when needed, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when they’re not in use. The efficiency of your HVAC system can be a game-changer when it comes to saving money on energy. The harsher winter and summer months in Florissant mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dusty, it’s harder for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. Not only that, but this additional work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could mean you have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters ensure more comfortable, clean air in your home. When evaluating the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to bear in mind its age. In general, newer systems are notably more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when you find it’s time to make repairs to an older system. The normal lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is getting up there, think through the cost of repair with the cost of a new system, factoring in possible energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your heating and cooling bills. Here are even more steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated well. Look for air leaks around your doors and windows and seal them and/or add weatherstripping. Keep your kitchen and laundry appliances clean, especially where they have ventilation. Making your home more energy efficient can be no problem, especially when our team at B & B Heating & Cooling in Florissant can help you. No matter if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re planning to replace it, call us at 314-838-9800 or make an appointment online. We’re ready to help!