Not only does your home’s energy efficiency give you a clue 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 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 Beaverton mean your HVAC system will be working intensely, so now is the time to ensure it’s running efficiently. Your wallet will thank you.
If your air filters are dirty, it’s harder for air to pass through them. This makes your heating and cooling system work harder than it should, and you lose energy efficiency. Not only that, but this hard work can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your system that could result in your replacing it earlier 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 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 utility bills.
Try these 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 Garoken Energy Co. Inc. in Beaverton 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 503-848-3838. We’re eager to help!