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 determine what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally turns to being cold constantly.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the product itself. One of the most important 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 expected from your system. If you're uncertain about your current furnace's AFUE, make 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 probably quite a bit lower than the furnaces available today. What it boils down to is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. One way to think about it is by relating 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 team member can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a relatively clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in buying a new furnace or continuing with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can greatly inhibit 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 want to know about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a call at 302-231-1380.