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 way to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a massive, costly project. There are several 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 be a game-changer when it comes to saving money on energy. The unforgiving winter and summer months in Robstown 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 it needs to, and your energy efficiency plummets. Not only that, but this additional work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could mean you have to replace it before you’d have to. Plus, clean filters ensure 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 significantly more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when you need 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 possible energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your utility 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 easy, especially when our team at McNatt Inc in Robstown can help you. No matter if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 361-888-4808 or arrange an appointment online. We’re always here to help!