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 occur next with the weather, it's important to be sure that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally turns to being cold constantly.
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 recognized as a percentage that tells you what 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 team member can help you learn 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 means for you is that with every passing winter you're paying for fuel that ends up 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 spent 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 paint a semi 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 impact 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 have any questions about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a shout at 256-270-1196.