Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an indication 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 massive, expensive project. There are several easy ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when they’re not in use. 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 Longview mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s running efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dusty, it’s more difficult for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary, and your energy efficiency plummets. Not only that, but this additional 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 mean 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 significantly 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, think through 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 monthly bills. Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated adequately. 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 Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview 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 903-758-0701 or arrange an appointment online. We’re ready to help!