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 throughout 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 costs. At Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc., 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 we’ll always change your air 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 every month. You might want to exchange your filter more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the indoor environment. For instance, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently 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 house when you have a clean filter. You’ll see 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 avoidable wear and tear on its components. Another item that could decrease 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 operating 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 professionals at Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc.. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Brian’s Heating & Cooling, Inc., we can help ensure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 559-675-1681, or you can arrange an appointment with us online.