It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, most of the country has at least dealt with a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to determine what's going to occur next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service done 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 furnace itself. One of the most important tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is denoted as a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency you'll get from your system. If you're unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, don't forget 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 available today. What it boils down to is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel that ends up 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 you spend 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 regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a relatively clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that factors 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 drastically impact 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 ring at 361-265-4371.