It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, most of the country has at least dealt with a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to happen next with the weather, it's important to be sure that you've had furnace service completed when the weather finally switches to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of 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 noted by 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, make sure to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the tech 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 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 connecting 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 normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a semi clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in choosing a new furnace or continuing with 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 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 shout at 540-636-3396.