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 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, high-priced project. There are multiple uncomplicated 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 be a game-changer when it comes to saving money on energy. The more severe winter and summer months in Beaverton mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s working efficiently. Your wallet will thank you. If your air filters are full of debris, it’s more difficult for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it needs to, 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 earlier 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 significantly 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 getting up there, think through 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 well. 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 no problem, especially when our team at Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton is here to help. Whether you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re looking to replace it, call us at 503-848-3838 or schedule an appointment online. We’re ready to help!