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. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a massive, expensive project. There are many uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when needed, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you don’t need them.
The efficiency of your HVAC system can make a huge impact when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in Erie mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s working efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.
If your air filters are dirty, it’s harder 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 earlier than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters ensure more comfortable, clean air in your home.
When evaluating 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 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, weigh 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 monthly bills.
Here are some other 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 simple, especially when our team at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie can help you. 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 814-308-0416. We’re eager to help!