Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable wear and tear during the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the main culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular furnace maintenance performed is the greatest way you can keep your furnace working as it should and likely save some money on your utility bills.
At Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year.
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. For instance, 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 begin to figure out how often you should change it. 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 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 unnecessary wear and tear on its components.
Another item 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 operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Gopher Heating and Air Conditioning.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for approximately 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.