Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you an idea about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is operating, but it gives you a way to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, costly project. There are many uncomplicated 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 Holdrege mean your HVAC system will be working harder, 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 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 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 give you more comfortable, clean air in your home.

When evaluating 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 you need to make repairs to an older system. The normal 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 any energy rebates and the cost savings you’ll see on your utility bills.

Here are even more steps to make your home more energy efficient:

  • Make sure your home is insulated adequately.
  • 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 Durable Service in Holdrege can help you. Regardless if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 308-995-8177. We’re eager to help!