It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, the majority 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 scheduled when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold all the time.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the product itself. One of the most noteworthy tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that lets you know about the 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 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 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 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 team member can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal 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 choosing a new furnace or continuing 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 certain that you got a better 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 shout at 319-229-2318.