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 a way to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a massive, expensive project. There are multiple uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, 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 more severe winter and summer months in Lodi mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s working 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 extra 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 give you more comfortable, clean air in your home. When you’re thinking about the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to take into account 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 average lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is getting up there, consider the cost of repair with the cost of a new system, factoring in any energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your utility bills. Here are some other 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 no problem, especially when our team at Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning in Lodi is here to help. 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 209-368-0556 or make an appointment online. We’re always here to help!