How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable 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. Ensuring you have regular furnace maintenance performed is the number one way you can keep your furnace running as it should and possibly save some money on your energy bills. At Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp., we suggest annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate your furnace for any likely 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 we’ll always change your air filter during furnace maintenance, you can help keep your furnace efficient by keeping an eye on it all year long. 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 the indoor environment. As an example, 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 indoor space 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 has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components. Another thing 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 want. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp.. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp., we can help confirm your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 804-372-0313, or you can arrange an appointment with us online.