Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an idea about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is working, but it gives you a means to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, costly project. There are several simple 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 all the difference when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in Monroe mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.

If your air filters are dusty, it’s harder for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. Not only that, but this hard 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 give you 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 considerably more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when it comes time to make repairs to an older system. The normal lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is nearing that time, think through 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 utility bills.

Here are even more steps to make your home more energy efficient:

  • Make sure your home is insulated properly.
  • 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 Lanz Furnace and Fireplace in Monroe is happy to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 608-291-3606. We’re always here to help!