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

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Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While inevitable 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. Taking the time to schedule regular maintenance is the best way you can keep your furnace operating as it should and likely save some money on your utility costs.

At Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd., we recommend annual furnace maintenance. Each year, 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. A key piece 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 take a look at the air filter during the year.

ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter monthly. You might want to exchange your filter 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 frequently 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 flow 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 extend the life expectancy of your furnace by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your furnace needs to run 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 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 concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd..

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Brandon Heating and Plumbing (1998) Ltd., we can help confirm your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 204-728-0180.

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