Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While inevitable 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 greatest way you can keep your furnace running as it should and likely save some money on your utility bills.
At TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, we advise annual furnace maintenance. Each year, 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. One of the most important pieces 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.
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 often than someone who doesn’t. By assessing 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 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 has to work 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 through your indoor space. And even though your furnace will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At TopTec Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electrical, we can help make sure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 847-362-0262.