Furnace Maintenance

How Does Furnace Maintenance Impact the Energy Efficiency of Your Home?

Were you aware 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 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 working as it should and likely save some money on your energy bills.

At M & S Heating & Air LLC, we advise annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will assess your furnace for any potential problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure 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 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 your home’s environment. 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 move more freely through your home when you have a clean filter. You’ll see 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 avoidable wear and tear on its components.

Another item 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 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 questioning how well-sealed your ducts are, ask our team at M & S Heating & Air LLC.

Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is important. At M & S Heating & Air LLC, we can help confirm your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Contact us to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 301-363-4699.

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