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 an opportunity to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a giant, costly project. There are several easy 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 Denver 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 full of debris, it’s more work 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 additional work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could mean you 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 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 getting up there, 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. Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated properly. 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 simple, especially when our team at Northglenn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. in Denver is happy to help. Regardless if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 303-452-4146 or arrange an appointment online. We’re eager to help!