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 an opportunity to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a giant, costly project. There are multiple easy ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when they’re not in use. 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 Madera mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are full of debris, 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 result in your replacing it before you’d have to. Plus, clean filters ensure more comfortable, clean air in your home. When it comes to the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to bear in mind 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, weigh 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 monthly bills. Here are even more steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated well. Be on the lookout 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 Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc. in Madera is happy to help. 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 559-675-1681 or arrange an appointment online. We’re always here to help!