Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unavoidable wear and tear over the years will have some effect 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 working as it should and possibly save some money on your utility costs.
At Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will assess your furnace for any likely 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 keeping an eye on it all year long.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You might want to exchange your filter more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently than someone who doesn’t. By assessing your filter every month, you’ll get a feel for how often to replace the filter. 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 lengthen the life expectancy of your furnace by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your furnace works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components.
Another thing 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 throughout your home. 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 experts at Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Temperature Doctors Heating & Cooling, Inc, we can help confirm your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at (815)914-6197.