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 working, but it gives you a means to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive project. There are many easy 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 make a huge impact when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in Utica mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s working 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 extra work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could result in your replacing it before you’d have to. Plus, clean filters mean 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, weigh 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 utility bills. Here are some other 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 Main Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Utica can help you. 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 586-731-0950 or schedule an appointment online. We’re always here to help!