Furnace Maintenance

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

Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unavoidable wear and tear during the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Making sure you schedule ongoing maintenance is the greatest way you can keep your furnace working as it should and potentially save some money on your utility bills.

At Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. Each year, 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. Even though we replace 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 what your indoor environment is like. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By assessing your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will flow more freely through your indoor space 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 works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary 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 throughout your home. And even though your furnace will be operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning, we can help ensure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 952-373-0377.

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