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

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Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the leading 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 bills.

At Central Heating & Plumbing, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will assess your furnace for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. 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 move more freely through your indoor space 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 avoidable 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 working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Central Heating & Plumbing.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Central Heating & Plumbing, we can help ensure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 724-401-1843.

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