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 most popular culprit when it comes to furnaces losing efficiency is lack of maintenance. Ensuring you have regular furnace maintenance performed is the number one way you can keep your furnace working as it should and likely save some money on your energy bills. At KDM Service Corporation, we suggest annual furnace maintenance. At all of our visits, we will assess your furnace for any probable problems and recommend repairs if they’re needed. We’ll also make sure your furnace is clean and make any necessary adjustments. One of the most important pieces 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. You may need to change it more or less frequently, depending on your filter type, your system and what your indoor environment is like. 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 start to see how often it should be replaced. Air will flow 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 unnecessary wear and tear on its components. Another thing 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 working 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 KDM Service Corporation. Your heating and cooling system is responsible for about half your home’s energy usage, so having an efficient furnace is a big deal. At KDM Service Corporation, we can help ensure your furnace is running at peak efficiency. Give us a call to schedule your annual furnace maintenance at 205-758-2703, or you can book an appointment with us online.