It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, most of the country has at least experienced a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to determine what's going to happen next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally turns to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the furnace itself. One of the most critical tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that lets you know about the type of efficiency you'll get from 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 technician can help you determine 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 season you're paying for fuel that's 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 technician can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your average bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a somewhat clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that goes 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 greatly inhibit 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 want to know about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a call at 484-646-3363.