It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, the majority of the country has at least experienced a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally turns to being cold all the time.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some 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 recognized as a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency you can expect out of your system. If you're uncertain about your current furnace's AFUE, be sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the tech can help you figure out it's rating.
What Does AFUE Mean for You?
If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is possibly quite a bit lower than the furnaces available today. 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 linking your AFUE percentage to dollars. If your furnace has an AFUE of 75%, that means for every $100 that goes towards 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 paint a somewhat clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in choosing a new furnace or sticking to an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can greatly inhibit the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to make sure you got a closer 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 shout at 319-208-3295.