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3 Things That Can Cause Your Furnace to Run Inefficientlly

Helms Heating & Air Conditioning - Thursday, December 08, 2016
Dirty Air Filter

Maintenance agreements aren’t just a lot of fluff. There’s great value in regularly servicing your HVAC system, including boosting its efficiency. If you feel like your furnace isn’t living up to its potential lately, look at three things that could be making it less efficient:

1. A Dirty Air Filter

Have you checked your furnace filter lately? A clean air filter is essential for an efficient furnace. The air filter is designed to keep dirt, dust, and debris out of your heating system and also to keep it out of the air in your home. If the filter is dirty, the furnace can’t effectively pull air in or push air out. Changing your filter regularly can increase the efficiency of your equipment.

2. Lack of Regular Maintenance

Do you have your HVAC system maintained by a certified technician twice a year? If not, your furnace isn’t running as efficiently as it could be. One of the best things about regular maintenance is that it will keep your utility bills in check.

Here are some of the things that are done during annual heating system maintenance:

• Examine heat exchanger to check for cracks
• Clean and adjust burner assembly
• Check flame sensors
• Check and adjust the fan switch
• Inspect and adjust the pilot
• Check the safety controls
• Inspect and clean the blower wheels
• Check air openings
• Inspect flue pipe
• Test and calibrate thermostat

3. Old and Outdated Equipment

HVAC equipment is getting more and more efficient. If your furnace is more than 10-15 years old, it’s not nearly as efficient as it could be. Old and outdated equipment is going to work harder to keep your home warm and is going to cost you more over time on your energy bills.

Instead of spending an arm and a leg on your energy bills because of an inefficient furnace, take some steps to make it more efficient. For everything you need to know about your furnace and how maintenance agreements can keep it running as it should, contact our expert team at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning today.