Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you a clue about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is running, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a massive, high-priced project. There are multiple simple ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when needed, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you’re not using them. 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 Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s running efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dirty, it’s harder for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary, and your energy efficiency plummets. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it before 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 consider 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, consider the cost of repair with the cost of a new system, factoring in any 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 adequately. Check 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 easy, especially when our team at Air Unlimited Heating & Cooling in Liberty and the Kansas City Metro Area is here to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 816-286-7258 or arrange an appointment online. We’re eager to help!