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 unescapable wear and tear over the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the leading 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 potentially save some money on your utility bills. At Kowalski Heating & Cooling, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate your furnace for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also ensure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. One of the most important pieces of a clean furnace is a clean air filter. While our experts will replace the 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 every month. 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 regularly than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll get a feel for how often to replace the filter. Air will move 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 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 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 within your house. And even though your furnace will be running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Kowalski Heating & Cooling. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At Kowalski Heating & Cooling, we can help ensure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 724-745-7404, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.