Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an indication about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is working, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Improving 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 they’re dirty, 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 harsher winter and summer months in Charlottesville 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 dusty, it’s more work for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. 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 it comes to the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to take into account 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 typical 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 potential energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your heating and cooling bills. Here are even more steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated well. Check 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 no problem, especially when our team at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville can help you. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re planning to replace it, call us at 434-296-0129 or arrange an appointment online. We’re always here to help!