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 determine what's going to take place next with the weather, it's important to make sure that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally turns to being cold constantly.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some 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 denoted as a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency expected from 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 technician can help you learn 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 season you're paying for fuel that ends up 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 spent on 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 provide a somewhat clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that goes in to your decision in picking a new furnace or continuing with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can greatly inhibit the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be certain that you got a clearer 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 call at 203-357-5913.