How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will have some effect on your furnace’s efficiency, the most popular 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 operating as it should and possibly save some money on your utility costs. At Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will evaluate your furnace for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key piece 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 take a look at the air filter during the year. ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. Your filter may need to be replaced 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 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 run 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 improve the life expectancy of your furnace by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your furnace has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components. Another item 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 through your indoor space. And even though your furnace will be working 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 Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc, we can help ensure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 224-699-9229, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.