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 inevitable wear and tear throughout 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. Taking the time to schedule regular maintenance is the number one way you can keep your furnace running as it should and possibly save some money on your energy bills. At West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. Each year, 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. A key piece 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. Your filter may need to be replaced 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 regularly 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 flow 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 has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components. Another item 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 would expect. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around 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 operating at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 616-669-3961, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.