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 means to save more money. Taking steps to increase your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a massive, expensive project. There are multiple uncomplicated ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you’re not using them.

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 Laguna Niguel 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 dusty, it’s more difficult 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 hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could cause you to have to replace it sooner than you’d have to. Plus, clean filters give you more comfortable, clean air in your home.

When it comes to 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, think through the cost of repair with the cost of a new system, factoring in potential 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 properly.
  • 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 Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating in Laguna Niguel can help you. 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 949-525-9119. We’re always here to help!