How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will have some effect on 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 greatest way you can keep your furnace running as it should and possibly save some money on your utility costs. At Service Plus Mechanical, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will assess 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. Even though we replace 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 on a monthly basis. You might want to exchange your filter 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 checking 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 benefit from improved air quality in addition to an increase in furnace efficiency. You could also improve 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 avoidable wear and tear on its components. Another item 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 throughout your home. And even though your furnace will be running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Service Plus Mechanical. 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 Service Plus Mechanical, we can help confirm your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 630-473-4749, or you can book an appointment with us online.