It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, most of the country has at least experienced a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to occur next with the weather, it's important to make sure 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 product itself. One of the most critical 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 can expect out of 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 tech 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 available today. What it means for you is that with every passing year you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. One 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 that goes towards fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service tech can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your average bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a relatively clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that goes 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 greatly affect the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be certain that you got a better 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 309-517-7511.