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 occur next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally flips the switch to being cold constantly.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves a bit of 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 noted by a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency you'll get from 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 tech 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 available today. What it means for you is that with every passing season you're paying for fuel which then is 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 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 regular 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 inhibit 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 want to know about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a call at 812-825-8695.