Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable wear and tear throughout the years will have some effect on 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 number one way you can keep your furnace running as it should and likely save some money on your utility costs.
At J & J Air Conditioning, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will assess 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 every month. 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 regularly than someone who doesn’t. By looking at your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will move 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 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 within your house. And even though your furnace will be running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at J & J Air Conditioning.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At J & J Air Conditioning, we can help confirm your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 254-355-3833.