How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?

January 12, 2018

Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will have some effect on your furnace’s efficiency, the main culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Taking the time to schedule regular maintenance is the number one way you can keep your furnace running as it should and possibly save some money on your utility costs.

At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will assess your furnace for any likely problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key piece of a clean furnace is a clean air filter. While our experts will replace the filter during furnace maintenance, you can help keep your furnace efficient by keeping an eye on it all year long.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. For example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely through your indoor space when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice improved air quality in addition to an increase in furnace efficiency. You could also extend the life expectancy of your furnace by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your furnace needs to run so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components.

Another thing that could reduce your furnace’s efficiency is leaking ductwork. If your ducts have any leaks, holes or poor connections, it’ll be harder for your system to efficiently deliver air within your house. And even though your furnace will be operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Assured Appliance and Heating & Air.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we can help make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 847-306-8990.