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 means to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a massive, costly project. There are multiple 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 unforgiving winter and summer months in Muskogee mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating 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 necessary, and your energy efficiency plummets. Not only that, but this extra 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 ensure more comfortable, clean air in your home. When you’re thinking about the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to bear in mind its age. In general, newer systems are notably more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when it comes time 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 potential energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your utility bills. Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated properly. 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 Hix Air Conditioning Service, Inc. in Muskogee is here to help. Regardless if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re planning to replace it, call us at 918-682-8238 or make an appointment online. We’re eager to help!