Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an indication about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is working, but it gives you a way to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a massive, expensive project. There are multiple simple ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, 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 unforgiving winter and summer months in Pinellas County 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 more work for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. Not only that, but this additional work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it earlier than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you more comfortable, clean air in your home. When you’re thinking about the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to consider its age. In general, newer systems are considerably more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when it comes time to make repairs to an older system. The average 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 potential 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. 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 simple, especially when our team at Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc in Pinellas County is here to help. Regardless if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re planning to replace it, call us at 727-398-5515 or arrange an appointment online. We’re ready to help!