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 operating, but it gives you a way to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, high-priced project. There are many 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 all the difference when it comes to saving money on energy. The unforgiving winter and summer months in Wharton mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, 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 difficult for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary, and you lose energy efficiency. Not only that, but this extra 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 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 significantly 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 close to that age, 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 heating and cooling bills. Here are some other 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 easy, especially when our team at Faust Air Conditioning and Heating in Wharton 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 979-532-2511 or arrange an appointment online. We’re always here to help!