How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable 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. Ensuring you have regular furnace maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your furnace operating as it should and potentially save some money on your energy bills. At Arrings A/C & Heating, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will evaluate 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. A key piece 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year. ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You may need to change it 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 often 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 move more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see 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 preventable 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 concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Arrings A/C & Heating. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Arrings A/C & Heating, we can help confirm your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 281-713-8304, or you can arrange an appointment with us online.