How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unavoidable wear and tear during 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. Making sure you schedule ongoing maintenance is the number one way you can keep your furnace running as it should and likely save some money on your utility bills. At AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will evaluate 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. One of the most important pieces 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 monthly. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and what your indoor environment is like. For instance, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking 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 see 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 needs to run so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components. Another thing 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 operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At AirTech Heating and Air Conditioning, LLC, we can help make sure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 479-372-4304, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.