Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear over the years will impact your furnace’s efficiency, the most popular 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 operating as it should and likely save some money on your energy bills.
At Lycoming Heating Company, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will assess 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. An important part 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 keeping an eye on it all year long.
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 example, 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 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 lengthen the life expectancy of your furnace by keeping its filter clean. That’s because your furnace has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components.
Another factor that could decrease 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 running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Lycoming Heating Company.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Lycoming Heating Company, we can help confirm your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 570-244-2510.