It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the weather recently, the majority of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess 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 flips the switch to being cold all the time.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a bit of familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most critical 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 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 team member can help you learn 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 that means is that with every passing winter you're paying for fuel which then is 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 tech can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a somewhat clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that is involved in your decision in buying 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 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 ring at 325-200-4667.