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 running, but it gives you a way to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a giant, expensive project. There are multiple simple ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, 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 Thousand Oaks mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s running 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 additional work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could result in your replacing it earlier than 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 consider 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 nearing that time, think through 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 heating and cooling bills. Here are some other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated properly. Look 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 simple, especially when our team at Air Max HVAC Inc in Thousand Oaks is happy to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 805-217-8662 or make an appointment online. We’re always here to help!