It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, a lot of the country has at least dealt with a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess 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 flips the switch to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the furnace 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'll get from 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 that means is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. A simple way to think about it is by linking your AFUE percentage to dollars. If your furnace has an AFUE of 75%, that means for every $100 spent 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 average bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a semi clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in picking a new furnace or staying with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can greatly impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to make sure you got a better 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 call at 832-224-3887.