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 running, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a giant, costly project. There are multiple easy ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when needed, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you’re not using them. 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 Plainfield mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s running efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are full of debris, it’s more work 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 extra work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you more comfortable, clean air in your home. When evaluating 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 it comes 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, 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 utility bills. Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated adequately. 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 easy, especially when our team at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc in Plainfield can help you. 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 815-768-6656 or make an appointment online. We’re ready to help!