It's safe to say that even with the random weather recently, most of the country has at least had a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to guess 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 turns to being cold consistently.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a bit of familiarization and understanding of the product itself. One of the most noteworthy 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 expected from your system. If you're not sure about your current furnace's AFUE, don't forget 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 probably quite a bit lower than the furnaces created today. What it means for you is that with every passing winter you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. A simple 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 that goes towards 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 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 buying a new furnace or staying with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can severely inhibit the comfort and cost of heating your home, so we wanted to be certain that you got a closer 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 201-268-5663.