Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear during the years will have some effect on your furnace’s efficiency, the most popular 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 operating as it should and likely save some money on your energy bills.
At Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, 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. 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 keeping an eye on it all year long.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter on a monthly basis. 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 often than someone who doesn’t. By looking at 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 notice 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 unnecessary wear and tear on its components.
Another thing 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 operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Oak Grove Heating & 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 Oak Grove Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help ensure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 601-292-9763.