Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you a clue about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is running, but it gives you a way to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive project. There are several 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 be a game-changer when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in the Main Line 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 more difficult for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to, and your energy efficiency plummets. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could mean you have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters ensure more comfortable, clean air in your home. When you’re thinking about 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 you find it’s 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 close to that age, 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. Here are even more steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated properly. 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line is here 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 610-257-7035 or arrange an appointment online. We’re always here to help!