Furnace Service, AFUE and What They Mean for You in Chadron12/31/2015It's safe to say that even with the unpredictability of the weather recently, a lot 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 be sure that you've had furnace service completed when the weather finally switches to being cold consistently. 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 informs you of the type of efficiency expected 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 team member 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 winter 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 technician can help you determine the numbers specific to your furnace and your normal bill, but hopefully we've been able to offer a relatively clear picture for you. Of course there is more that factors in to your decision in choosing a new furnace or continuing with an annual furnace service plan on your current system. Over time, efficiency levels can drastically 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 want to know about furnaces, furnace service or any number of other home comfort questions, give us a call at 308-432-5301 or schedule an appointment with us online.