It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, most 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 completed when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most noteworthy tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is denoted as 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, don't forget to ask during your next furnace service appointment and the team member can help you determine 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 created today. What it means for you is that with every passing winter you're paying for fuel which then is 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 regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a somewhat 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 drastically impact 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 have any questions about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a shout at 937-558-9478.