Do you know 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. Making sure you schedule ongoing maintenance is the number one way you can keep your furnace running as it should and likely save some money on your utility bills.
At Luikart Heating & Cooling, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will inspect your furnace for any likely problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and what your indoor environment is like. For example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently 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 run more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll notice 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 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 through your indoor space. 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 team at Luikart Heating & Cooling.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Luikart Heating & Cooling, we can help make sure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 740-200-5591.