It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the weather recently, most of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to happen next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally turns to being cold constantly.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most important tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're uncertain about your current furnace's AFUE, don't forget to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the technician can help you determine it's rating.
What Does AFUE Mean for You?
If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is probably quite a bit lower than the furnaces out there now. What that means is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy way to think about it is by relating your AFUE percentage to dollars. If your furnace has an AFUE of 75%, that means for every $100 spent on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service technician can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a semi clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in picking a new furnace or sticking to an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can severely affect the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be sure you got a clearer look at one of the more important considerations for furnaces. If you want to know about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a call at 1-866-781-0111.