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 operating, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a giant, costly project. There are several easy ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you don’t need them. The efficiency of your HVAC system can be a game-changer when it comes to saving money on energy. The harsher winter and summer months in Bossier City mean your HVAC system will be working harder, 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 work for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary, and your energy efficiency plummets. Not only that, but this extra 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 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 consider its age. In general, newer systems are notably more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when it comes 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 nearing that time, 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. Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated properly. 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 Brooks Heating and Air Conditioning in Bossier City 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 800-COOLING or schedule an appointment online. We’re ready to help!