It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, most of the country has at least experienced 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 make certain that you've had furnace service completed when the weather finally switches to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most noteworthy tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is recognized as a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency expected from 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 determine it's rating.
What Does AFUE Mean for You?
If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is probably 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. An easy 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 you spend on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service technician can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your average bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide 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 severely impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to make 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 ring at 519-296-4437.