It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, the majority of the country has at least experienced a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to be sure that you've had furnace service completed 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 lets you know about the type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're not sure 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 likely quite a bit lower than the furnaces out there now. What it boils down to is that with every passing year you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy 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 spent on fuel, only $75 is being used to heat your home. Again, your furnace service tech can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your average 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 staying with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can severely 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 want to know about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a shout at 301-363-4699.