It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the 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 make certain that you've had furnace service scheduled 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 furnace itself. One of the most important tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is denoted as a percentage that tells you what 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 tech 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 available today. What that means is that with every passing season 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 that goes towards fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service tech can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a semi clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in buying a new furnace or sticking to an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can severely affect the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to make sure you got a clearer look at one of the more important considerations for furnaces. If you are curious about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a ring at 408-215-1018.