It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, most of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to determine what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally switches to being cold all the time.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the product itself. One of the most noteworthy 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 can expect out of your system. If you're not sure about your current furnace's AFUE, be sure 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 likely quite a bit lower than the furnaces out there now. What it means for you is that with every passing year you're paying for fuel that's being wasted, not to heat your home. A simple 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 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 is involved in your decision in choosing a new furnace or staying 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 sure 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 shout at 209-257-3156.