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 way to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a massive, costly project. There are many simple 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 make all the difference when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in Chadron 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 dusty, it’s more difficult 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 mean you have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters ensure more comfortable, clean air in your home. When evaluating the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to consider 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 typical 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 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. 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 easy, especially when our team at MPC Heating & Cooling in Chadron is happy to help. No matter if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 308-432-5301 or make an appointment online. We’re always here to help!