How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? 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. Ensuring you have regular furnace maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your furnace running as it should and likely save some money on your utility costs. At All Seasons Heating & A/C Co, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will assess your furnace for any likely problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm 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. 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. As an 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 run more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice 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 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 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 throughout your home. 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 professionals at All Seasons Heating & A/C Co. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At All Seasons Heating & A/C Co, we can help make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 812-332-9100, or you can book an appointment with us online.