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

January 12, 2018

Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable wear and tear throughout the years will have some effect on your furnace’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular furnace maintenance performed is the best way you can keep your furnace working as it should and likely save some money on your utility bills.

At Gillman Heating and Air, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will assess your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure 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 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. For instance, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will run more freely through your house 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 preventable wear and tear on its components.

Another factor 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 operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Gillman Heating and Air.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Gillman Heating and Air, we can help confirm your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 478-202-3076.