How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Do you know that your furnace can lose efficiency over time? While unavoidable wear and tear throughout 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. Making sure you schedule ongoing maintenance is the best way you can keep your furnace running as it should and possibly save some money on your utility costs. At Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we recommend annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will assess 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. A key piece 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 take a look at the air filter during the year. 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. For example, if you have pets, you may need to change your air filter more regularly 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 indoor space when you have a clean filter. You’ll benefit from 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 preventable wear and tear on its components. Another factor 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 operating overtime, you still may not be as comfortable as you want. If you are concerned how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for around half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help make sure your furnace is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 913-432-3342, or you can arrange an appointment with us online.