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 running, but it gives you a way to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a giant, costly project. There are multiple uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when needed, 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 unforgiving winter and summer months in Asheville mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s working efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dirty, it’s more work for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than necessary, and you lose energy efficiency. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could result in your replacing 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 take into account 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 nearing that time, weigh 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 monthly bills. Here are some 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 simple, especially when our team at 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville can help you. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 828-551-2913 or arrange an appointment online. We’re eager to help!