Furnace Maintenance

How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?

Do you know 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 main 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 potentially save some money on your utility costs.

At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate your furnace for any likely problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. A key piece 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 take a look at the air filter during the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter every month. You may need to change it 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 checking your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will run more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll benefit from 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 has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components.

Another thing 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 running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Colvin's Heating and Cooling.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Colvin's Heating and Cooling, we can help ensure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 816-379-3918.

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