How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?01/12/2018Were you aware that your furnace can lose efficiency after a while? While unescapable wear and tear throughout the years will cause some impact on your furnace’s efficiency, the leading 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 possibly save some money on your utility costs. At Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At each visit, we will evaluate your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also confirm 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 checking and replacing it throughout the year. 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 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 looking at your filter every month, you’ll get a feel for how often to replace the filter. Air will flow more freely through your house 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 works so much harder when you have a dirty air filter and that puts preventable wear and tear on its components. Another thing 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 want. If you are wondering how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our experts at Tokay Heating and 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 Tokay Heating and Air Conditioning, we can help make sure your furnace is working at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 209-368-0556, or you can schedule an appointment with us online.