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 operating, but it gives you a way to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a huge, high-priced 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’re not using them. The efficiency of your HVAC system can be a game-changer when it comes to saving money on energy. The unforgiving winter and summer months in Metro Atlanta mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s working efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dusty, it’s more work for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it should, 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 earlier than 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 need to make repairs to an older system. The average lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is close to that age, weigh 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. 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 ACS Inc in Metro Atlanta is here 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 770-939-7500 or arrange an appointment online. We’re ready to help!