How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While inevitable wear and tear during 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. Ensuring you have regular furnace maintenance performed is the number one way you can keep your furnace working as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills. At Thornberry Bros Inc, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will assess your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure 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 keeping an eye on it all year long. ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. You might want to exchange your filter more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and your home’s environment. For instance, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly 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 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 works 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 through your indoor space. And even though your furnace will be working 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 team at Thornberry Bros Inc. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Thornberry Bros Inc, we can help ensure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 859-745-1564, or you can book an appointment with us online.