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

January 12, 2018

Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While inevitable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the most popular culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Taking the time to schedule regular maintenance is the number one way you can keep your furnace working as it should and possibly save some money on your energy bills.

At American HVAC Inc, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. Each year, 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. 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 every month. 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 regularly than someone who doesn’t. By assessing your filter every month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it. Air will flow 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 extend the life expectancy of your furnace by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your furnace needs to run so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components.

Another factor 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 through your indoor space. And even though your furnace will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at American HVAC Inc.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At American HVAC Inc, we can help make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 916-243-6714.