It's safe to say that even with the crazy 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 be sure that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold constantly.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the furnace 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 unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, don't forget to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the team member 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 year you're paying for fuel that's 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 spent on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service team member can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a relatively clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that factors in to 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 affect 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 are curious about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a shout at 715-301-0727.