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. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a huge, high-priced project. There are multiple simple 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 harsher winter and summer months in Hauppauge mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating 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 hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could result in your replacing it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you more comfortable, clean air in your home. When you’re thinking about the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to take into account 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 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 monthly bills. Try these other 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 simple, especially when our team at Cool Power LLC in Hauppauge is happy to help. 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 631-360-2665 or make an appointment online. We’re eager to help!