Did you realize that your furnace can lose efficiency as time goes on? While unescapable wear and tear throughout the years will impact your furnace’s efficiency, the leading culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Making sure you schedule ongoing maintenance is the number one way you can keep your furnace operating as it should and possibly save some money on your utility bills.
At Miller Climate Control LLC, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will evaluate your furnace for any likely 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. As an example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more frequently 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 move more freely through your indoor space 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 works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components.
Another item 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 within your house. And even though your furnace will be working overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you would expect. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at Miller Climate Control LLC.
Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At Miller Climate Control LLC, we can help confirm your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 512-937-2001.