Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unavoidable wear and tear over the years will impact your furnace’s efficiency, the main culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Making sure you schedule ongoing maintenance is the greatest way you can keep your furnace working as it should and potentially save some money on your utility costs.
At GV Heating & Air, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will inspect 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. 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 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 start to see how often it should be replaced. 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 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 throughout your home. And even though your furnace will be running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at GV Heating & Air.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At GV Heating & Air, we can help confirm your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 763-535-2000.