Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While inevitable wear and tear throughout the years will have some effect 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 running as it should and potentially save some money on your energy bills.
At Phelps Heating & Cooling, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will inspect your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You might want to exchange your filter 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 checking your filter every month, you’ll get a feel for how often to replace the filter. Air will move more freely through your indoor space 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 preventable 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 operating 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 Phelps Heating & Cooling.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Phelps Heating & Cooling, we can help confirm your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 270-358-3167.