It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the weather recently, a lot of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to figure out what's going to happen 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 consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the product itself. One of the most noteworthy tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is denoted as a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency you'll get from your system. If you're uncertain about your current furnace's AFUE, be sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the technician can help you learn 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 created today. What it means for you is that with every passing winter 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 team member can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a relatively 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 impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to make sure you got a clearer look at one of the more important considerations for furnaces. If you are curious about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a call at 734-363-8907.