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

January 12, 2018

Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unavoidable wear and tear over the years will impact your furnace’s efficiency, the main culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Making sure you schedule ongoing maintenance is the number one way you can keep your furnace running as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills.

At Farris Heating & Air, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will evaluate your furnace for any likely problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part of a clean furnace is a clean air filter. Even though we replace your air filter during furnace maintenance, you can help keep your furnace efficient by checking and replacing it throughout the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. Your filter may need to be replaced more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the indoor environment. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By looking at your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will run 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 lengthen the life expectancy of your furnace by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your furnace works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components.

Another thing that could impact 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 running 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 professionals at Farris Heating & Air.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Farris Heating & Air, we can help make sure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 918-534-8194.