Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will have some effect on 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 greatest way you can keep your furnace running as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills.
At Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will evaluate your furnace for any likely problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure 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 checking and replacing it throughout 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. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it. Air will run more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice 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 works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components.
Another thing that could impact 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 operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC, we can help make sure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 513-268-5164.