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

January 12, 2018

Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unavoidable wear and tear during the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the leading 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 operating as it should and potentially save some money on your utility costs.

At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, 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 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 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. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By looking at your filter every month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it. Air will flow more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see 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 works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable 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 within your house. And even though your furnace will be operating 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 Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help confirm your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 308-624-3485.