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 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 switches to being cold all the time.
Part of owning and using a furnace involves some familiarization and understanding of the furnace itself. One of the most critical tidbits to know is your furnace's AFUE (Annual Furnace Utilization Efficiency). AFUE is denoted as a percentage that tells you what type of efficiency expected from your system. If you're unsure 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 possibly quite a bit lower than the furnaces out there now. What it means for you is that with every passing year you're paying for fuel that ends up being wasted, not to heat your home. One 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 normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to paint a semi clear picture for you.
Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in buying 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 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 shout at 503-663-8033.