Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 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 an opportunity 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 needed, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when they’re not in use. The efficiency of your HVAC system can make a huge impact when it comes to saving money on energy. The harsher winter and summer months in East Hanover mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s working efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are full of debris, 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 ensure more comfortable, clean air in your home. When it comes to 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 you find it’s 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 close to that age, think through 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 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 easy, especially when our team at Effective Service Group, LLC. in East Hanover is happy to help. 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 973-884-0065 or make an appointment online. We’re always here to help!