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 a means to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a massive, costly project. There are multiple uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when they’re not in use.
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 Excelsior Springs mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s working efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.
If your air filters are dirty, it’s more work for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it should, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. 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 before you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you 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 significantly 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 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 adequately.
- 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 Colvin's Heating and Cooling in Excelsior Springs can help you. Regardless if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 816-379-3918. We’re always here to help!