Take These Simple Steps to Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency12/16/2014 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 means to save more money. Improving your home’s energy efficiency doesn’t have to be a massive, expensive project. There are multiple easy ways to do it: replacing your furnace filters when they’re dirty, using a programmable thermostat and keeping lights and electronics off when you don’t need them. The efficiency of your HVAC system can be a game-changer when it comes to saving money on energy. The harsher winter and summer months in Rapid City 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 it should, and sends your energy efficiency spiraling. Not only that, but this extra 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 mean 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 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, 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. Try these other 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 easy, especially when our team at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City can help you. No matter if you’re looking for ideas to keep your current system running more efficiently or you’re wanting to replace it, call us at 605-342-5107 or arrange an appointment online. We’re always here to help!