How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While inevitable 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 best way you can keep your furnace working as it should and possibly save some money on your utility costs. At Wolfe & Sons Inc, we advise annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part of a clean furnace is a clean air filter. While our experts will replace the 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 monthly. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By looking at your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will run 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 has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components. Another thing 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 running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Wolfe & Sons Inc. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Wolfe & Sons Inc, we can help confirm your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 614-451-0846, or you can book an appointment with us online.