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 an opportunity to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, high-priced project. There are many easy 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 harsher winter and summer months in Olathe mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dusty, it’s harder for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it should, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could result in your replacing it sooner 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 significantly 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, 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 utility 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 Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe 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 913-432-3342 or schedule an appointment online. We’re always here to help!