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

January 12, 2018

Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable 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. Taking the time to schedule regular maintenance is the greatest way you can keep your furnace working as it should and likely save some money on your energy bills.

At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will evaluate your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure 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 monthly. Your filter may need to be replaced more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and what your indoor environment is like. For instance, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By checking 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 notice 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 works 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 working 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 professionals at Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Redhawk Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help confirm your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 432-237-0168.