It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, most of the country has at least experienced 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 turns to being cold constantly.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most important tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is recognized 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 tech 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 which then is being wasted, not to heat your home. An easy way to think about it is by relating 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 tech can help you figure out the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a somewhat clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that is involved in 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 impact the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be 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 ring at 916-243-6714.