It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, a lot of the country has at least dealt with a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to determine what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to be sure that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold all the time.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the furnace itself. One of the most critical tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're not sure about your current furnace's AFUE, make sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the team member 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 out there now. What it means for you is that with every passing year you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. One 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 spent on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service tech can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a somewhat 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 drastically inhibit the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be certain that you got a closer look at one of the more important considerations for furnaces. If you have any questions about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a call at 715-352-4052.