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 occur next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service scheduled when the weather finally switches to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little bit of familiarization and understanding of the system itself. One of the most critical tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is noted by a percentage that informs you of the type of efficiency you can expect out of your system. If you're not sure about your current furnace's AFUE, be sure 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 possibly quite a bit lower than the furnaces out there now. What it means for you is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel that's 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 team member can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a semi clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that is involved in your decision in choosing a new furnace or staying with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can greatly affect the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to make sure 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 ring at 631-737-5566.