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 running, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a massive, high-priced project. There are several simple ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, 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 unforgiving winter and summer months in Bakersfield mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s running efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dirty, it’s more difficult 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 cause you to have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters mean 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 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 nearing that time, 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 utility bills. Here are even more 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 simple, especially when our team at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield is happy to help. No matter if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 661-437-3499 or make an appointment online. We’re eager to help!