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 working, but it gives you a way to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a huge, high-priced project. There are multiple simple ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when necessary, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you’re not using 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 Cedar Rapids mean your HVAC system will be working harder, so now is the time to ensure it’s operating efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are full of debris, 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 mean you have to replace it before you’d have to. Plus, clean filters mean more comfortable, clean air in your home. When evaluating the energy efficiency of your heating and cooling system, you need to consider its age. In general, newer systems are considerably more efficient. Be sure to take that in consideration when it comes 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 possible 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 well. 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 no problem, especially when our team at Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids is here to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 319-363-0283 or schedule an appointment online. We’re always here to help!