Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While inevitable wear and tear during the years will impact your furnace’s efficiency, the main 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 Appalachian Heating, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will evaluate your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm 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 keeping an eye on it all year long.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. 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 example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will move more freely through your indoor space when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice 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 preventable wear and tear on its components.
Another factor 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 running 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 Appalachian Heating.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Appalachian Heating, we can help ensure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 304-707-0600.