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

January 12, 2018

Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable 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 running as it should and possibly save some money on your utility costs.

At Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc., we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will inspect your furnace for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. One of the most important pieces 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 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 what your indoor environment is like. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently than someone who doesn’t. By assessing your filter every month, you’ll get a feel for how often to replace the filter. Air will flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll benefit from 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 has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components.

Another factor 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 would expect. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc..

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Willco Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating Inc., we can help confirm your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 862-345-6896.