Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Locust12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the weather recently, the majority of the country has at least experienced a little bit of winter. As we keep trying to determine what's going to happen next with the weather, it's important to make certain that you've had furnace service done when the weather finally turns to being cold constantly. Part of owning and using a furnace involves a little 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 lets you know about the type of efficiency you can expect out of your system. If you're uncertain 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 likely quite a bit lower than the furnaces created today. What it boils down to is that with every passing year 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 that goes towards 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 relatively clear picture for you. Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in picking a new furnace or sticking to 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 make sure 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 call at 704-485-5506 or set up an appointment with us online.