Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Homes Energy Efficiency

December 16, 2014

Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you a clue about how efficiently your heating and cooling system is running, but it gives you a way to save more money. Making your home more energy efficient doesn’t have to be a massive, costly project. There are several easy 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 unforgiving winter and summer months in Oxford 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 work 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 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 evaluating the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to bear in mind 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 typical lifespan of an HVAC system is 12 to 15 years. So, if your system is nearing that time, consider 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 monthly bills.

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

  • Make sure your home is insulated well.
  • 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 simple, especially when our team at Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc in Oxford can help you. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 662-281-1231. We’re ready to help!