Furnace Maintenance

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

Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While inevitable wear and tear over 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. Taking the time to schedule regular maintenance is the greatest way you can keep your furnace running as it should and possibly save some money on your energy bills.

At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate 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 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 often 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 flow 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 needs to run so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components.

Another factor 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 running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals 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 important. At Thurston Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 308-624-3485.

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