It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the weather recently, the majority 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 be sure that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a bit of familiarization and understanding of the system 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 lets you know about the type of efficiency you can expect out of your system. If you're not sure about your current furnace's AFUE, don't forget to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the technician can help you figure out 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 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. An easy 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 you spend on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service technician can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a relatively clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in picking a new furnace or continuing with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can severely impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be 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 308-624-3485.