Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an indication about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is operating, but it gives you a means to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, expensive project. There are many simple ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when they’re not in use.
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 Omaha mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s running efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.
If your air filters are dirty, it’s harder 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 additional 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 bear in mind 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 typical lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is getting up there, 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 utility bills.
Try these other steps to make your home more energy efficient:
- Make sure your home is insulated well.
- 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 easy, especially when our team at The Frazier Company in Omaha 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 402-628-0206. We’re ready to help!