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 have some effect on 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 greatest way you can keep your furnace running as it should and likely save some money on your energy bills. At Pinnacle HVAC LLC, 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. An important part 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. Your filter may need to be replaced 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 frequently than someone who doesn’t. By assessing your filter every month, you’ll begin to figure out how often you should change it. Air will flow 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 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 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 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 experts at Pinnacle HVAC LLC. 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 Pinnacle HVAC LLC, we can help ensure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 708-301-0170, or you can book an appointment with us online.