It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, the majority of the country has at least dealt with a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to figure out 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 all the time.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most important tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, be 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 likely quite a bit lower than the furnaces created today. What it boils down to is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy 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 team member can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your average bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a somewhat clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in buying a new furnace or staying 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 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 740-200-5591.