Furnace Maintenance

How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?

Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable wear and tear throughout the years will have some effect 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 best way you can keep your furnace working as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills.

At West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc., we advise annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will inspect 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. A key piece 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter every month. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the indoor environment. For instance, 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 flow more freely through your house when you have a clean filter. You’ll benefit from 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 has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary 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 operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc..

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At West Jefferson Plumbing and Heating, Inc., we can help make sure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 614-450-1575.

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