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 working, 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 giant, high-priced project. There are multiple easy ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, 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 harsher winter and summer months in South Beloit and Belvidere mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating 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 necessary, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you more comfortable, clean air in your home. When it comes to 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 it comes 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 some other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated properly. Be on the lookout 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 Fleming Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. in South Beloit and Belvidere is happy to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re planning to replace it, call us at 877-389-2465 or make an appointment online. We’re ready to help!