How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable wear and tear throughout the years will have some effect on your furnace’s efficiency, the leading 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 Patterson & Stirling Inc, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure 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 we’ll always change your air filter during furnace maintenance, you can help keep your furnace efficient by checking and replacing it throughout 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 the indoor environment. For instance, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly than someone who doesn’t. By looking at your filter every month, you’ll get a feel for how often to replace the filter. Air will move more freely through your house 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 has to work so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts avoidable wear and tear on its components. Another thing 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 working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Patterson & Stirling Inc. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Patterson & Stirling Inc, we can help ensure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 814-833-5558, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.