Furnace Maintenance

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

Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While inevitable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the main 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 possibly save some money on your utility bills.

At Gillman Heating and Air, we suggest 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 confirm your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key piece 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 every month. You might want to exchange your filter 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 frequently 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 move more freely through your indoor space when you have a clean filter. You’ll benefit from 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 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 through your indoor space. And even though your furnace will be running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at Gillman Heating and Air.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Gillman Heating and Air, we can help make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 478-202-3076.

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