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 a way to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, high-priced project. There are multiple 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 be a game-changer when it comes to saving money on energy. The harsher winter and summer months in Tampa Bay 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 dusty, it’s more difficult 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 result in your replacing 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 considerably 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 close to that age, 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. Here are some other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated adequately. 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 no problem, especially when our team at Langford Cooling in Tampa Bay is here to help. No matter if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 813-898-9553 or schedule an appointment online. We’re eager to help!