Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear throughout the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the leading 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 working as it should and likely save some money on your utility bills.
At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will assess your furnace for any likely problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. An important part 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 on a monthly basis. Your filter may need to be replaced 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 assessing your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will flow 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 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 avoidable wear and tear on its components.
Another factor that could impact 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 within your house. And even though your furnace will be working 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 West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we can help make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at (616) 669-3961.