How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Were you aware 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. Taking the time to schedule regular maintenance is the best way you can keep your furnace running as it should and likely save some money on your utility bills. At Anderson Heating & A/C, we suggest 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. One of the most important pieces 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. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently than someone who doesn’t. By assessing your filter every month, you’ll get a feel for how often to replace the filter. Air will flow more freely through your indoor space when you have a clean filter. You’ll see improved air quality in addition to an increase in furnace efficiency. You could also extend 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 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 working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Anderson Heating & A/C. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Anderson Heating & A/C, we can help ensure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 775-882-8154, or you can arrange an appointment with us online.