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 an opportunity to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a giant, costly project. There are many easy ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when they’re not in use. The efficiency of your HVAC system can make all the difference when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in West Columbia mean your HVAC system will be working overtime, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are dusty, it’s harder 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 hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it before you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you more comfortable, clean air in your home. When you’re thinking about the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to consider 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 normal lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is close to that age, 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 monthly bills. Here are some other steps to make your home more energy efficient: Make sure your home is insulated adequately. Look 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia can help you. 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 803-796-9172 or make an appointment online. We’re eager to help!