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. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a massive, costly project. There are several uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you don’t need them.
The efficiency of your HVAC system can make all the difference when it comes to saving money on energy. The harsher winter and summer months in the Rio Grande Valley mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s running efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.
If your air filters are full of debris, it’s harder 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 earlier 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 significantly more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when you find it’s 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 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 some other steps to make your home more energy efficient:
- Make sure your home is insulated properly.
- 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 simple, especially when our team at Cytech Heating & Cooling L.C. in the Rio Grande Valley is happy to help. No matter if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 956-630-3522. We’re ready to help!