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

January 12, 2018

Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear throughout 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 operating as it should and potentially save some money on your utility bills.

At Goode Bros AC & Heating, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will evaluate 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. 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 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 your home’s 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 start to see how often it should be replaced. 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 has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components.

Another thing that could decrease 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 want. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at Goode Bros AC & Heating.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Goode Bros AC & Heating, we can help ensure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at (833)-466-3322.