Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Mechanicsville

It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, a lot of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to figure out what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to be sure that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally turns to being cold all the time.

Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the product itself. One of the most critical tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is denoted as a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're unsure about your current furnace's AFUE, make sure 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 possibly 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 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 technician can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your regular bill, but hopefully we've been able to provide a semi clear picture for you.

Of course there is more that goes 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 severely affect 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 have any questions about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a shout at 301-363-4699.

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