Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you a clue about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is running, but it gives you a means to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a huge, high-priced project. There are multiple uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you’re not using them. The efficiency of your HVAC system can make all the difference when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in Hamilton mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, 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 difficult for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it should, and you lose energy efficiency. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it before you’d have to. Plus, clean filters mean more comfortable, clean air in your home. When you’re thinking about 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 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, consider 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 monthly bills. Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated adequately. 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 Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC in Hamilton can help you. Regardless if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 513-275-3601 or schedule an appointment online. We’re always here to help!