Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unavoidable wear and tear during the years will impact your furnace’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Making sure you schedule ongoing maintenance is the best way you can keep your furnace running as it should and potentially save some money on your utility costs.
At Stieferman Heating Company Inc, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate 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. An important part 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 your home’s environment. For 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 move more freely through your house 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 works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components.
Another item 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 concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at Stieferman Heating Company Inc.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Stieferman Heating Company Inc, we can help ensure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 573-635-3547.