Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact 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 greatest way you can keep your furnace operating as it should and potentially save some money on your energy bills.
At Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will assess your furnace for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You might want to exchange your filter 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 frequently than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll get a feel for how often to replace the filter. 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 improve 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 item 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 throughout your home. 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 experts at Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC.
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 Walter's-Eaton's Electric, Plumbing, Heating & AC, we can help ensure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 715-318-6728.