It's safe to say that even with the crazy weather recently, most of the country has at least had 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 done when the weather finally switches to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the furnace 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 can expect out of your system. If you're uncertain about your current furnace's AFUE, don't forget to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the tech can help you determine it's rating.
What Does AFUE Mean for You?
If you have an older furnace, your AFUE is possibly quite a bit lower than the furnaces available today. What it means for you 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 that goes towards 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 average bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a relatively clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that is involved in your decision in picking 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 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 shout at 843-485-0967.