Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear throughout 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 number one way you can keep your furnace operating as it should and potentially save some money on your utility costs.
At Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will inspect 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. 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 keeping an eye on it all year long.
ENERGY STAR® recommends changing your air filter every month. 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 checking your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will run more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll benefit from 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 needs to run so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts unnecessary wear and tear on its components.
Another item 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 through your indoor space. And even though your furnace will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning.
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 Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 760-784-9034.