How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unescapable wear and tear during 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. Ensuring you have regular furnace maintenance performed is the best way you can keep your furnace operating as it should and potentially save some money on your utility bills. At McNatt Inc, we advise annual furnace maintenance. Each year, we will assess your furnace for any probable 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. Even though we replace 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 on a monthly basis. You might want to exchange your filter more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and the indoor environment. For example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more often than someone who doesn’t. By checking your filter every month, you’ll start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will flow 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 lengthen 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 avoidable 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 throughout your home. And even though your furnace will be running overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you expect to be. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our professionals at McNatt Inc. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is critical. At McNatt Inc, we can help make sure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 361-888-4808, or you can arrange an appointment with us online.