How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While inevitable wear and tear over the years will have some effect on your furnace’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Taking the time to schedule regular maintenance is the best way you can keep your furnace working as it should and likely save some money on your energy bills. At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, 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. One of the most important pieces of a clean furnace is a clean air filter. While we’ll always change your air filter during furnace maintenance, you can help keep your furnace efficient by take a look at the air filter during the year. 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 the indoor environment. For example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By assessing 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 see 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 has to work 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 working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are concerned 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 critical. At Assured Appliance and Heating & Air, we can help make sure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 847-293-0047, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.