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

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Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unavoidable wear and tear during the years will impact 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 best way you can keep your furnace operating as it should and potentially save some money on your utility costs.

At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, we recommend 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. One of the most important pieces 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 monthly. 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. 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 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 works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components.

Another factor 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 throughout your home. And even though your furnace will be running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at PWA Heating & Cooling Inc.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At PWA Heating & Cooling Inc, we can help make sure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 815-768-6656, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.

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