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 operating, but it gives you an opportunity to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a giant, costly project. There are many 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 Lexington mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s running 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 you lose energy efficiency. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to 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 bear in mind 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 nearing that time, 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 heating and cooling bills. Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated well. Look 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington 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 336-853-6070 or schedule an appointment online. We’re always here to help!